By Chishimba Harthowne (Chichi)
I was still a kid when the famous Zero option plan, a civil disobedience that involved sabotage activities specifically torching of public infrastructure and fake bomb alerts intended to cause public fear and alarm was employed in Zambia. The Chiluba administration blamed it on Kaunda’s UNIP and resulted in mass arrests of senior party leaders. Those that were rounded up included but not limited to Wezi Kaunda (late), Moyce Kaulung’ombe (KK’s former personal body guard), Muhabi Lungu, Captain Selemani, Chanda Sosala etc. The Chiluba administration violently repressed the civil disobedience but did not invoke the constitutional article to place the entire country under a state of emergency. Now, this drunkard and possessed with excessive power wants to use the burning of City Market to achieve his political ambitions of tyranny. How can a single market place the entire country under a state of emergency? How many terror activities has UK endured just this year alone without the authorities taking away the rights of its citizens? I can postulate that the City Market was torched by the PF agents to give grounds to Edgar to officially turn the country into a hyper dictatorship. This is a govermnent that is currently operating death squads and harnessing a violent police force. Edgar has achieved nothing but violence, turmoil, tribal divide and police brutality at a speed never seen before in our history. This president is not good for the present and future of the country. He stands guilty of running a country in a manner that constitutes crimes against humanity. Edgar is no different from his Sudanese counterpart Al Bashir who is sought by the ICC to stand trial on charges of crimes against humanity. We have reasonable and apparently evidence that Edgar’s administration has supported and tolerated violence on innocent citizens. People have been killed, maimed, displaced from their homes and women including under age girls have been raped and molested by PF sponsored thugs. In the light of all these grave atrocities, why is the Zambian civil society silent? Why hasn’t the civil society reported Edgar to the ICC to stand trial? Am contemplating collecting signatures from the members of the public to have Edgar charged with crimes against humanity and stand trial at the Hague. Am even prepared to go it alone. I have all the resources necessary to commence this process. It appears the civil society in Zambia is so sleepy, dull, compromised and lost. To them it’s coffee and business as usual. They meet regularly just to have a good time and draw allowances for their pockets and issue insignificant statements to prove to their donors that they are doing something. Time to act is now!