Zambians have nothing more to lose, Ngo tells PF

Zambians have nothing more to lose, Ngo tells PF

PF Media Directorates Fearmongering is Foolhardy and Reckless

Pf’s diabolical scheme of turning Zambia into a de facto one party state is a failed project. PF is 27 years late. Here is a bit of civic education to the PF. Zambia reverted to multi-partydemocracy in 1991 and every successive constitutional reviewthat has followed, the people of Zambia have consistently affirmed that our country remains a multi-party democracy. The Mwanakakwe and Mung’omba Commissions, the National Constitutional Conference and the Technical Committee on the Constitution ALL affirmed Zambia to remain a multi-party democratic state! In both the Preamble and the substantive article 4(3) of the 2016 Amended Constitution there is affirmation of the multi-party nature of our country, the Republic of Zambia. Article 4(3) states and I quote, “The Republic is a unitary, indivisible, multi-ethnic, multi-racial, multi-religious, multi-cultural and multi-party democratic State.” Therefore, it follows that in a multi-party democratic state there should be opposition political parties and a vibrant civil society. The opposition political parties’ role is to hold government accountable and vie to take up the reins of government. Similarly, we in civil society provide checks and balances to the government of the day especially against violations of human rights, poor governance including wanton corruption and mismanagement of our country’s economy all of which PF is wanting. So Sunday Chanda and others who occupy the PF echo chamber should read our lips, we civil society and the opposition political parties have a right to be here and we are here to stay!

Therefore, the daily trashing of both the opposition and civil society organisations through the twisted unsubstantiated shallow rantings of the PF Media Director, Sunday Chanda, is an exercise in futility. Zambia remains a multi-party democracy with other opposition parties and civil society organisations as key tenets of a multi-party democracy. Sunday Chanda’sdelusions of wishing away opposition political parties and civil society organisations by lashing out at everyone who speaks against the PF’s rule is not only misguided but foolhardy,reckless and clearly end of thinking capacity!

First of all, there are no special qualities that President Lungupossesses as a human being that opposition political leaders do not possess. HH, Kambwili, Katuka, Musenge, Nawakwi, M’membe are no less human nor no less capable to lead this country than President Lungu is. Any of these can rule and at the rate Zambia is going, probably provide better and more hopeful leadership than President Lungu has done since he came into power. The PF on its own volition mortgaged Zambia to China and therefore opposition political parties and civil society are just stating the fact.

Secondly, no credible civil society organization would be proud of being held in great respect by Sunday Chanda. In fact, it is a dishonour for us to be heaped with praise by the ilk of Sunday Chanda. Sunday accuses us of singing the praises of our donors, why did he fail to raise the same funds for his defunct Open Society Foundation individual non-governmental organization for youth empowerment? When he was standing on MMD in Nkanchibiya we in civil society had our hopes in the opposition political parties like PF to come and correct the errors of MMDgovernment. Now he has jumped on the PF and he wants to pretend to be more patriotic than opposition political parties and civil society? Dream on.

Thirdly, it is highly irresponsible and reminiscent of a confidence trickster for the PF Media Director to use historical human tragedies such as genocide in Nazi Germany and in Rwanda as scare mongering of normal occurrences in a multi-party democracy. Human beings died during those horrific times in human history. More than 6 million people in Nazi Germany and more than 800,000 died in 1994 in Rwanda. How can what happened during those times be compared to opposition political leaders and civil society organisations asking, “Kanshimwakongola shinga pamo? Bushe, do we have the capacity to pay?” What is genocidal about that? What is xenophobic about that? What kind of reckless vuvuzela-ing is that?

We know what the purpose of these rants are. It is to liquidate our freedom of expression. It is not even original. It has been done before. Isolate some critical voices, vilify them, shut them up and the rest will be cowed and crawl into pitiful individual holes. Guess what PF Media Director, we are so fed up we have nothing to lose. It is our right to question and we will continue questioning no matter what you choose to call us. In a democratic just society such as ours, we the people hold the powerful to account. Ask President Lungu, he knows the rules of engagement even if you do not. To the opposition political parties, do your job! Man or woman up! To Laura Miti and all of us so called discredited civil society organisations by the PF let us wear the discredit from Sunday Chanda as a badge of honour. We are doing the right thing.

 

Judith Mulenga

Executive Director

Zambia Civic Education Association

 

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    Amano 6 days ago

    It’s time people woke up to the fact that PF are trying to create a one-party state. All these defections are aimed at not only weakening the opposition but seeding doubt in people’s minds about the relevance of opposition parties in Zambia. Somebody is trying to introduce the Chinese model of government. If we are not careful, it will soon become too late for us to stop this evil momentum.

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    Siverest 7 days ago

    We have learnt a lesson from PF leadership and it is time to reflect and resolve to do what is right. We aspire to put Leaders in power who must be ready to suffer and to die for the sake of the people of Zambia. Just like Jesus suffered and loved us by dying on the cross of Calvary. 

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    Aleck 7 days ago

    I cry day & night for our country & resources left in wrong hands. The country is surely in wrong hands, like someone has mentioned, something urgent has to be done. We need & we`ve credible leadership which can be compared to the passion of late Mwanawasa MHSRP.

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    FuManchu 1 week ago

    Sunday Chanda is comfortable with the crumbs he feeds off PF and will spew the propaganda of the masters! The ZCEA has a lot to do with its partnerships in helping to improve access to understanding of how the systems work and how leaders are working to make sure they are reaping the benefits for their own selfish interests than the citizenry! The national leadership is heartless and full of plunderers!

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    Zambia needs action now and not rethoric!

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    Greyson Redson Soko 1 week ago

    The good English you guys are writing will not take us anywhere; when things are going wrong, action is required,no talking or good grammar will ever solve these problems. On a serious note, you guys who understand the ways things are supposed to be run,come together as one formidable force and engage government.

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    MADALISO NKHOMA 1 week ago

    its too late somido,not only that but a tragedy too for Zambia.oh somido…

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    dani 1 week ago

    somido……

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    Kennedy 1 week ago

    What i have come to learn in life is that it is very difficult for a beneficially to tell the trueth. But one day the truth will be known to everyone.

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    Michael 1 week ago

    Ok my sister, if i was marking this article? Excellent English, well articulated, a powerful rebuttal I would say. One can also tell when you went to school: it was when schools did their thing and education was education. I am persuaded Zambia can stll go back to those times but it will take a lot of doing…yes a whole lot. I cant fault the logic in the article either. It is predicated on the ABCs of the structure of governance. That we have to revisit this perhaps indicates how much we may have drifted off-road in our nascent democracy. Nothing wrong with using the rear view mirror from time to time. 

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    samlindo 1 week ago

    SUNDAY IS AN EMPTY TIN, YOU ARE JUST WASTING YOUR TIME TRYING TO PUMP SENSE INTO A SENSELESS BEING, FOR PEOPLE OF HIS NATURE, JUST LEAVE THEM ALONE BUT TIME WILL CATCH UP WITH THEM WHEN REALITY WILL DAWN ON THEM, AND THAT IS HAPPENING SOONER THAN LATER, JUST LET HIM TALK ABOUT LIKE THE CHATTERBOX HE IS, VERY SOON HE WILL START HIDING FROM PEOPLE EVEN HIS OWN NEIGHBORS WHEN HE AND HIS RECKLESS GROUP ARE KICKED OUT OF THOSE LOFTY POSITIONS, THE GOODNESS IS THAT TIME IS AT FULL SPEED TOWARDS CALVARY. MIND YOU THIS IS ALREADY SEPTEMBER 2018 ONLY THREE MONTHS TO 2019.

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    sipinya sa ng'aka 1 week ago

    Let sunday chanda just work on the spin of China taking over zesco! We will hear words like strategic partner, recapitalisation, technology transfer, affordable electricity for all etc etc. But we shall not be deceived to call a spade a big spoon.