What the 18 NGOs will do next

The civil society organisations that have been protesting against the government for refusing to appeal in the Fredrick Chiluba acquittal have allegedly changed tactics.

After been forced to abandon honking, drumming and whistling, the 18 NGOs now plan mass rallies, the Watchdog has been informed.

The cause for the demonstrations and protests is the refusal by the State to appeal against the case of former president Frederick Chiluba. The protesters will also demanding the immediate resignations of Vice president George Kunda and DPP Chalwe Mchenga. The rallies are expected to commence next weekend 16th and 17th October 2009 and will be held simultaneously in Lusaka and Kitwe.

The Watchdog has been informed that the NGOs will organise people under the theme: ‘’Demanding Equal Justice: One Land and One Nation and One Law is Our Cry,’’. They want Zambians to appropriate the agenda to ‘’fight corruption’’ as a legitimate cause for any ‘patriotic Zambian’.

In Lusaka, protesters intend to march and deliver petitions to President Rupiah Banda at State House, to Vice President George Kunda at Cabinet Office and to the chambers of the DPP, Chalwe Muchenga.

It is said that the core planning team is now meeting in smaller groups to avoid infiltration and they have cancelled open meetings with their financial agents and sponsors.

Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) appears to have taken charge of the activities while Caritas Zambia and Change Life Zambia Ltd are expected to coordinate ‘informally’ supporters from the Catholic Church.

The NGOs leaders are also said to have forged a working alliance with the PF/UPND pact to help them mobilise people to the mass rallies and demonstrations.

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