PF using Public Order Act to oppress citizens – Church

The church has charged that President Michael Sata and the Patriotic Front (PF) have been abusing the Public Order Act (POA) to shamelessly harass political opponents and hide its governance failures,

Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) executive director Pukuta Mwanza has observed that the PF government was deliberately misapplying the archaic Public Order Act to shut up citizens from speaking against the poor governance and the injustices that were being perpetrated by President Sata’s regime.

Rev Mwanza said it was unfortunate that Zambia’s Human Rights Record had been destroyed by the undemocratic tendencies and traits the ruling party had adopted in governing the country.

He said the PF government had become synonymous with maladministration, harassment, intimidation, corruption and violence warning that Zambians should expect worse times as the country approaches the general elections in 2016.

Rev Mwanza said the PF leadership had adopted intimidation, harassment and fear factor as principles of governing the country because they did not want tom be held accountable for their numerous political  and economic transgressions they had committed in their last two and half years in power.

He stated that Zambians had the right to demand for their constitution and that no amount harassment, intimidation and fear of arrests and police brutality would stop them from demanding for the respect of their rights and the Constitution.

Rev Mwanza explained that it was annoying that after a lot of public funds had been spent on the constitution making process, the PF regime had found it prudent to frustrate the process so that it could collapse.

“It is extremely unfortunate and unacceptable that President Sata and his government have without shame been using the Public Order Act to harass and oppress their political opponents and the citizens. Th3ey have been using the archaic and draconian law they condemned while in the opposition to shut up Zambians speaking against their misrule and dictatorial tendencies. Zambians will soon say they have had enough and nothing will stop them from demanding their constitution,” Rev Mwanza said.

He explained that there was a danger that the emotions of the people who were being oppressed would erupt adding that would have untold consequences on the governance of the country.

Rev Mwanza said it was his prayer that the tension that has gripped the country over a number of unresolved national issues would not degenerate into anarchy and advised the PF government to develop a culture of tolerance and forgiveness.