Nevers Warns of ‘Cadreism’ in Zambian Politics

The following statement was issued by Movement for Multiparty Democracy President Nevers Mumba:

The recent demolition of over 400 houses in Kitwe by the City Council is but a small symptom of the unprecedented break down of law and order in the country since the Patriotic Front Government took over the running of the Lusaka and Copperbelt councils in the 2006 Elections. It has further degenerated to frightening proportions since PF took over government in 2011, a scenario which has resulted in insecurity, fear and political instability.

Zambians will recall that the Patriotic Front party won the majority of the Parliamentary and Local Government seats on the Copperbelt and Lusaka in the 2006 elections and Mr. Sata in referring to the late President Levy Patrick Mwanawasa, may his soul rest in peace, declared that “Let Levy rule the country, I will control the councils and show him how a country is supposed to be run.”

The breakdown of law and order we are witnessing today in Lusaka and the Copperbelt is a reflection of the lack of respect of the rule of law by the Patriotic Front in their mis-rule of the nation. It comes as no surprise that the people behind the confusion in the demolition of the Kitwe houses are PF Counselors. The PF is now attempting to distance itself from the demolition exercise by hiding behind the court order that triggered the whole exercise. However, the buck stops with them because it was the PF Counselors who illegally issued the plots on private land in the first place.

The country has been gripped by a violent culture of “cadreism” encouraged and tolerated by the PF Government, particularly in Lusaka and the Copperbelt. This is causing untold fear and anxiety among Zambians and tainting the image of the country internationally. PF Cadres running around with pangas have been allowed to over-run the country with impunity. They are going round the country illegally grabbing land from the rightful owners while the Police fail to act.

The MMD greatly sympathizes with the victims of the demolished houses as they were deceived by the PF Counselors but as we go forward as a country, my question to the people of Lusaka and the Copperbelt and the country at large who voted for the PF, “Is this the way we want to be governed?” I ask the panga-wielding PF cadres grabbing innocent people’s land in Lusaka, the street vendors who have taken over the streets of Lusaka “Is this surely the way we want to live as Zambians?”

The New MMD in Government will make as one of its key priorities, to bring sanity to the country by systematically ridding it of every form of Cadreism by strengthening law and order because a g governance system underpinned by law and order are important factors associated with a country’s political and economic success. We shall never ever tolerate any form of lawlessness under our watch.

Under The New MMD, Zambians should begin to look forward to a new Zambia where peace, political stability, progress, tolerance and modern politics will rule.

Source : Zambia Reports

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