Political crisis deepens

Zambia is going through the worst political times since the 1991 MMD president Nevers Mumba’s spokesperson Muhabi Lungu has said.

Mr Lungu stated that President Sata and some newspapers were inciting violence by deliberately twisting issues so that the opposition could be held in contempt.

Mr Lungu said the political tension in the country could only be compared to the dark days of the Zero option and the Black Mamba where many citizens were arrested and detained on suspicions that they are involved in subversive acts.

Mr Lungu said in an interview that the continues harassment of Dr Nevers Mumba and his United Party for National Development (UPND) counterpart Hakainde Hichilema was meant to destroy the opposition political parties so that the PF could have a smooth sailing in their desire to destroy democracy.

Mr Lungu said the ruling party was allegedly instigating violence and propagating hate speeches through the media against the opposition political party leaders so that the people could rise against them.

He said it was worrying that President Sata through his continued poaching of members of Parliament from the opposition MMD and the UPND was wantonly building tension and causing violence in the country.

Mr Lungu stated that President Sata did not mean well by poaching opposition MPs but that his desire was to achieve supremacy in numbers in Parliament.

Mr Lungu who is MMD Lusaka Central loosing parliamentary candidate said: “President Sata and his PF are the worst Zambia has ever had in government since the introduction of multiparty democracy in 1991. And Zambians should brace themselves for harder political times under President Sata and the PF because the regime does not believe in the rule of law and they are determined to continue harassing and arresting Dr Mumba and Mr Hichilema,” Mr Lungu said.

Mr Lungu said it was deeply worrying that Home Affairs Minister Edgar Lungu could  hold a press conference together with Inspector General of Police Stella Libongani ordering her to hasten the arrest of the UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema.

He said what Zambians were going through politically was unprecedented because the country has never known an intolerant regime like the Patriotic Front as President Sata had decided to deliberately ignore the doctrine of the separation of powers.

He said President Sata should endeavor to working towards peace and national building by embracing the opposition political party leaders as part and parcel of the governance system.

He explained that President Sata has committed a lot of constitutional breaches since he assumed the presidency in September 2011 and the tenets of good governance and democracy have been eroded.

“Minister Edgar Lungu is a political opponent of Mr Hichilema and it is affront of the rule of law for him to sit with the inspector General of Police Libongani and order her to arrest his opponent. This will lead to unnecessary political acrimony in the country. We should as politicians stop instigating citizens to hurt each other,’ Mr Lungu said.