Power and Politics

Opposition parties raise the alarm, lament alleged systematic meddling in their affairs by govt

Ten opposition political parties have described as act of cowardice attempts by the ruling United Party for National Development (UPND) to allegedly meddle in their internal affairs.
The 10 which include Citizens First, New Heritage Party, Golden Party of Zambia, among others, noted that what started with the Democratic Party, and the National Democratic Congress has now gone to the Patriotic Front.
Citizens First (CF) Party president, Harry Kalaba, said this on behalf of the 10 opposition political parties at a media briefing in Lusaka on Thursday.
Kalaba stated that these actions were aimed at weakening the opposition in Zambia because the UPND did not want a strong opposition that could stand up to them.
“For the first time in this country’s history, we are having senior military personnel being drafted to participate in covert activities that are intended to disenfranchise the opposition,” he said.
Kalaba also reminded civil servants and the men and women in uniform who are being drafted into covert operations to resist such activities.
He warned those pushing such an agenda that the opposition parties know what was happening and would not hesitate to hold them personally accountable at the right time.
“It is apparent that this takeover of parties was made possible owing to the apparent lack of unity among opposition leaders as well as other interest groups and the citizens not taking a position to speak out in favor of democracy,” Kalaba noted.
He noted that the country had also seen arrests of several opposition leaders on trumped up charges of espionage arising from them expressing their views.
On corruption, the CF party leader said the country has seen a significant increase in corruption that had been necessitated by Hichilema’ alleged single sourcing practice, especially when dealing with key expenses on which the welfare of the nation heavily relies.
“What is ironic is that the oversight institutions have elected silence in the face of national pillage,” he lamented.
Kalaba expressed shock that the donor agencies had equally opted to remain mute even in the face of blatant abuse of public office orchestrated by those at the apex of public office.
He challenged the Anti-Corruption Commission to visit the Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority (ZAMRA) and look at Egypt transaction so that they notify the nation why the correct procedure was not followed in that multi million dollar transaction.
“The nation deserves to know why ZAMRA went ahead to approve the contract and delivery of drugs from Egypt in the absence of a dossier.
The scandal at ZAMRA today will make Honey Bee look like a storm in a  cup,” he claimed.
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