Power and Politics

Golden Party of Zambia accuses ruling party, UPND, of brazen abuse of state institutions


The opposition Golden party of Zambia (GPZ) has alleged that there was blatant abuse of state institutions by the United Party for National Development (UPND) administration.

Party president, Jackson Silavwe, said the opposition political parties were concerned by the grave assault on democracy by the ruling party.

Addressing a media briefing in Lusaka on Monday, Silavwe noted the need for Zambians to be aware that the current government would say something in the public and do the very opposite behind closed doors.

The GPZ leader claimed that the UPND was deliberately maltreating state organs by taking sides and providing resources to the sides they are supporting.

“There was no way the state police would take action without the authority of the Commander-in-Chief,” he stated.

Silavwe argued that the Speaker of the National Assembly, Nelly Mutti, in the Patriotic front (PF) issues should have recused herself from determining the matter in parliament until the final judgment was passed by the court.

He emphasized that this was because she was in receipt of the two letter from both Raphael Nakachinda and Morgan Ngona who were the Secretary-Generals of the two respective factions.

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“The failure by the Speaker to recuse herself in the Patriotic front (PF) matter exhibited extreme biasness and an affront on democracy,” Silavwe noted.

He also observed that the Chief Registrar of Societies, Thandie Mhende, was recalled because she did not do what the UPND wanted in the PF issues.

Silavwe emphasized that democracy was not about the UPND but about the constitution, and calling of the government to order.

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