Politics pundits have placed their money on the third force.
That the war of attrition between the two Patriotic Front forces is a mere harbinger and ruse for the third force strategically positioned in the 2016 succession scheme.
That the current furore will serve the purpose of exposing and weeding out potential pockets of influence to create a regime that will neither have allegiance nor loyalty to the current kingmakers whose hold on President Michael Sata has proved deleterious to the image of the Patriotic Front.
The pundits cynically argue that, in spite of advice from his senior party and government colleagues, the President has failed to break ties with the cartel which claims to have put the President and PF into office.
The resulting stalemate has put paid to the corruption crusade as the law enforcement agencies including the Bank of Zambia have become totally impotent to tackle rampant abuses of the law governing financial institutions and in the process permitting impunity.
Clearly there is a growing rebellion within the ranks of the ruling party and three discrete groups have emerged.
There are those who feel betrayed that the President has associated and wishes to bequeath the party to a faction associated with corruption. This is the clique that is holding him to ransom in order to protect itself from massive corruption and theft of public funds charges.
There are those who genuinely feel betrayed that the party has lost direction and vision by embracing ills and tenets that were frowned upon in the previous MMD regime.
Then there is the silent but equally strong group that is positioning itself for the 2016 elections, it is alleged the President really supports.
This is the group that will emerge triumphant over the smoldering remains of the current cliques.
As expected African governments, in particular Kenya have made a strong case for a mass walkout from the Rome Statute that establishes the International Criminal Court (ICC)
They have accused the ICC of being a toy of imperial Western powers.
They have used very high sounding words to suggest that the institution had been turned into a tool for manipulation and neo-colonialism of African States.
We beg to disagree and instead share the sentiments expressed by Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary General warning that any African walk out would be a disastrous self serving and self preserving ploy, indeed a “badge of shame” for the continent.
The thousands of Kenyans who died in the savage tribal violence that erupted after the inclusive elections would have died in vain if those found culpable will walk away from facing their ills.
Those who shed blood or were accomplices to the act must face up to the law. The ICC is the mirror of compulsion with sufficient moral and ethical authority to demand accountability from all wrong doers, Those who promote internecine under whatever guise do not deserve respectability.