By A Correspondent
Dark days continue to linger over Zambia as the country’s democracy continues to come under threat with violence and lack of tolerance being perpetrated by the Michael Sata led Patriotic Front, PF, regime.
The happenings in Livingstone, Zambia’s tourist capital, over the last few days are capable of degenerating into something else if the PF as a ruling party do not stop provoking their opponents in Thursday’s parliamentary by-election and beyond. All pointers are there to indicate that Sata’s PF has intimidating and provocative tactics in all that they do, by-election or not.
Today Zambia has woken up to a not so surprising shock, that one person has died as a result of clashes between the PF and United Party for National Development, UPND, cadres on Monday night. A Lusaka based PF cadre only identified as Chanda is believed to have been killed by UPND cadres after PF supporters tried to torch the UPND camp situated along Livingstone’s airport road. According to eye witnesses the PF cadres threw all sorts of missiles at the UPND camp situated in Mosi-o-tunya area. Surely did the PF expect the UPND to just watch or perhaps scamper in all directions without defending themselves? The loss of life, however, is regrettable. But it squarely lies upon the PF to stop all this non-sense by caging their cadres.
The trouble is they have the likes of Sylvia Masebo as campaign manager a woman thirsty for blood wherever she goes and Obvious Mwaliteta a thuggish looking character so nothing less than violence can be expected with these two in the PF campaign team. The UPND campaign team is led by a gentleman, Gary Nkombo who is Mazabuka Member of Parliament. As a true gentleman he together with Request Muntanga and other went to Livingstone Police Station to report the attack on his team by PF cadres only to end up spending a night in police cells.
Also in Livingstone are the likes of Defence minister Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba (GBM) and Home Affairs minister Edgar Lungu. It is worth noting here that all the PF ministers have gone to Livingstone with their own supporters from Lusaka and elsewhere so it may therefore not be far fetched to conclude that they are operating as rivals within their own camp for various reasons, but mainly to out do each other to please the master, Sata. They pick up a fight with UPND or MMD and since they really do not know each other, in the process the hack and kill one another after all they have pangas that were not used against MMD in September 2011.
What all Zambians should know is that Sata and the PF are so desperate to gain numbers in parliament and will stop at nothing to achieve that even if it means lives being lost in the process. So for as long as the PF is in power, there shall be more and more of what happened on Monday, night, the night of the long knives. Trouble is there are two more by- elections Kaipri Mposhi and Lukulu west and perhaps many more depending on what comes out of the petitions before the courts right now. We are in real trouble!