Talking Politics: PF and their quest for dictatorship

LwanziBy Lwanzi Milimo

Hello my fellow Zambians,

This week I will discuss democracy which seem to be eroding Zambia under the regime of Michael Chilufya Sata and his Patriotic Front party. Democracy, the system that enabled them sell their manifesto (lies) to hoodwink Zambians that they will turn the tables within first 90 days of being in office.

Is Zambia still a democratic country or its now under dictatorship? Or should I say how democratic is a democratic country. This is a rhetoric question comparable to questions like “who was buried in Grant’s tomb?” or “what colour was Washington’s white horse?

In a democratic country such questions can never be asked, democracy has one definition. Zambia under PF government has ceased to be a democratic country Zambia cannot be democratic if certain sections of society feel their freedom is being stepped upon and their voices not respected.

I was shocked that for the 12th time PF police force have turned down on permitting the opposition to hold their rallies even when the country was celebrating 50th birth day of AU.

Does Sata and the PF know that the right to freedom of expression upholds rights of all to express their views and opinions freely. It is essentially a right which should be promoted to the maximum extent possible given its critical role in democracy and public participation in political life.

What is obtaining in my own country Zambia is extremely sad, no one ever thought that Zambia would go back to colonial times or Kenneth Kaunda era where people could not express their views. 20years of democracy is too long a period that Sata and PF should have learnt the benefits of democracy, because they wouldn’t have sold their manifesto to the people of Zambia which ushered them into power in the last general elections.

Why on earth is PF refusing the opposition to hold rallies in the country? The opposition and civil societies are the stakeholders and it is only fair to listen to one another. They all have a role to play in the governance of this country, in a democracy in educating and sensitising people on what is happening. I see no reason why PF government has continued infringing on citizens rights to freely meet and assemble in their own country.

The road the PF is taken is not a good road and I like any other well meaningful citizen must condemn the PF government for suppressing people democratic rights to freedom of speech and assembly.

PF should realize that there is no regime that can survive if it acts above the heads of the ordinary citizens of the country. You cant go on suppressing the rights of the people. PF should know that this country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless it’s a good place for all of us to live in. Throughout the world, thugs and despots – some democratically elected, and some not – solemnly give lip service to “democracy” and “freedom”, while doing everything in their power to destroy them.

We are seeing this in this country. Michael SATA and his friends are doing everything they can to destroy democracy and freedom in this country while giving lip service to them.

Finally, If history can repeat itself that we are once again not independent people in our own land, then history shall repeat itself and one day Zambia shall a be democratic country. To have a free and peaceful nation, we must create a society in which the inalienable rights of the individual are again respected, and the powers of government are strictly limited.

Freedom of expression is a cornerstone of democratic rights and freedoms. Freedom of expression is essential in enabling democracy to work and public participation in decision making. I urge you Zambians to strongly condemn the suppression of your rights, and for the opposition parties, learn to unity and work together the cause of fighting this one sore enemy of democracy.

I will be back next week. Don’t give up, it shall be dawn soon!