Exclusive Interview: ‘We Made a Mistake’ – Father Frank Bwalya

In late April, the popular Catholic priest Father Frank Bwalya, who for years hosted a well known radio program on the Copperbelt, announced his departure from the Patriotic Front (PF) government, stepping down from his position as chairman of the board at the state-owned utility ZESCO and announcing his plans to compete against his former colleagues.  The unexpected event has created a political storm in Zambia, as the state media has attacked him while the opposition appears weary.  Fr Bwalya sat down with Zambia Reports this week for an exclusive interview to discuss his decisions and intentions.

Q: Do you feel you safety is at risk since your resignation?

My safety is at risk. The safety of people who call my phone is at risk. The safety of my family is at risk, and the safety of anyone who tries to openly join me in my cause, such as joining the party I want to form, they are all at risk.