The Zambia Security Intelligence Services (ZSIS) Annual Intelligence Reports for 2015 were on 17th December, 2015 at 20:30 hours submitted to His Excellency Edgar Chagwa LUNGU, the President of the Republic of Zambia by the ZSIS Director General at State House.
The reports were submitted in a tense closed door meeting that lasted for 1 hour 20 minutes in which annual intelligence reports from Branches B, C and D were all submitted to His Excellency, Mr. Edgar Chagwa LUNGU, President of the Republic of Zambia.
His Excellency, Mr. Edgar Chagwa LUNGU, President of the Republic of Zambia looked tense and shivered as the director calmly briefed him through the intelligence reports contained in classified Top Secret documents.
The Director highlighted the challenges that the country was facing and the looming exit for the Patriotic Front (PF) party from government. Here are the contents of the 3 reports:
The “B” Branch Report
The ‘B Branch’ annual report summarized the state of political affairs in Zambia covering the period January 2015 to December, 2015. The 2-paged report has 6 key points of briefings summarized as follows;
1. THAT the Patriotic Front (PF) party’s popularity has declined by 22.64% (from intelligence statistical opinions and reactions) since January, 2015 because of largely the poor performance of the economy and the increased cost of living. AND that the Barotseland Agreement (1964) posed a security and political challenge in Western province disadvantaging the ruling PF government.
2. THAT senior PF officials did not do enough in helping His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia. AND that the antagonistic approach of teasing and demeaning other tribal groupings as used by senior PF officials was divisive and worked against the ruling party;
3. THAT the United Party for National Development (UPND) has grown by 17.23% (from intelligence statistical opinions and reactions) since January, 2015 making the party as front runners ahead of 2016 elections. AND that Mr. Hakainde HICHILEMA, UPND President is already campaigning for 2016 and the party not ready to change its presidential candidate for 2016 general elections.
4. THAT the voter registration exercise was a success and that though the results do not favour any political party as favourites in the 2016 general elections, it shows which areas shall be decisive on the basis of registered voters.
5. THAT the PF was still rocked in intra-party wrangles that worked against the party. AND that Hon. Guy SCOTT, PF Member of Parliament for Lusaka Central Constituency still has a large following. Hon. Miles SAMPA, Member of Parliament for Matero Constituency is still harbouring presidential ambitions and is now campaigning to be PF vice-president as a ladder. That if Sampa is made running mate, he and Fred M’membe, Guy Scot and others will gang up and impeach president Lungu if he wins in 2016 so that Sampa as vice-president takes over. That is why he is enjoying massive coverage in the Post. AND that the ruling party has suffered from the lack of a party vice president. This was a source of power struggle with Luapula province advancing Hon. Harry KALABA, Minister of Foreign Affairs as their preferred choice. AND that Hon. Miles SAMPA has also been campaigning for the position of Vice President and still habours his presidential ambitions
6. THAT political violence has increased and currently defeats the peace and stability ZSIS seeks to maintain. AND that violence by the ruling party and its supporters against citizens worked against the party as it earned the opposition a sympathetic support from the electorates. AND that the enforcement of the Public Order ACT has been criticized by cross section of Non-Governmental Organizations, International community, opposition parties and the church who contend that it was not fairly enforced with the blame cast on the Republican President and the ruling party. AND that Zambia Police Service must execute its mandate without referring to the infamous ACT.
The “C” Branch Report
The ‘C Branch’ report stated that the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) failed to control the registration of non- Zambians in the border areas of Zambia-DR Congo, Zambia-Malawi and Zambia-Tanzania AND that the on-going compilation exercise has revealed that a worrying number of foreign nationals have registered to vote in the 2016 general elections.
The “D” Branch Report
The ‘D Branch’ annual report stated that the Kariba Dam was on the verge of collapse and that the dam needed intensified works. AND that its fragile state could not support the required water flow to generate power to its full capacity. AND also that the national security installations in Airports and Airstrips around the country needed modernization to be able to capture sophisticated criminal activities in line with the global fight against drug trafficking, terrorism and military attack.