Thursday 22 April 2020
LUSAKA – We view the Patriotic Front (PF)’s shameless refusal to hold elections at their general congress as a harbinger of what to expect in the forthcoming general elections.
This undemocratic behaviour should open the eyes of the Zambian people to the schemes being desperately employed by the PF regime to ensure that our President, Mr Hakainde Hichilema, is stopped from contesting the elections.
With Mr Hichilema in the race, the PF know that they have no chance of retaining power.
This is why they would prefer to have a semblance of an election against the PF satellite parties but without Mr Hichilema.
So, the PF’s conduct at what was supposed to be an elective congress should not be taken for business-as-usual.
It is a serious indictment on the PF’s willingness to hold free, fair and transparent elections at national level.
It is very disturbing that a ruling party, which is supposed to lead by example to other political parties, has failed the democratic test.
Failure to democratically choose leaders, which is what the PF have just done, is an affront to the demands of the Zambian Constitution.
No ballots were cast at the PF congress and, instead of holding elections for the positions of member of the central committee, what took place were selections.
In a normal society, where laws are respected, the PF could have been disqualified from participating in the forthcoming elections on the basis of failure to hold regular elections.
As stakeholders, we are concerned that PFs failure to hold intra-party elections appears to be extending to the general elections through the use of lawfare.
We call upon the nation to watch the PF’s propensity to unjustly unleash the law on the only viable competition in the elections with a view to eliminating an opponent.
Issued by: Joseph Lungu
Chairman Policy and Research Bureau