The Patriotic Front (PF) fears that former President Rupiah Banda is still a political threat to their stay in power and are now abusing state machinery to persecute the former Head of State, says Alliance for a Better Zambia (ABZ) leader Frank Bwalya.
Fr Bwalya said plans by PF secretary general Wynter Kabimba to manufacture more charges against Mr Banda were meant to diminish the political influence of the former President.
Fr Bwalya said Mr Kabimba who is Justice Minister had no moral right to continue harassing and persecuting Mr Banda.
He said the mere fact that Mr Kabimba has announced plans to manufacture more charges against Mr Banda showed that the whole scheme of persecuting and humiliating the former head of state were politically motivated.
Fr Bwalya told the Daily Nation that his party was of the strong belief that Mr Banda would never receive justice because it had become clear that the PF government was harassing the former Head of State.
He said Mr Kabimba and the PF have realized that with time, Mr Banda would become a strong factor in the politics of EasternProvince and that the ruling party was determined to obliterate his presence from the political scene.
He said Mr Kabimba had demonstrated a lack of appreciation for the rule of law by chastising the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) which reprimanded Paramount Chief Mpezeni for publicly campaigning for PF and its candidate Lameck Mangani during the recent Chipata Central by-election.
Fr Bwalya explained that Article 129 of the constitution was very clear about the involvement of traditional leaders in partisan politics and that Mpezeni had flouted the constitution when he declared his support for the PF.
“The manner in which Mr Kabimba has announced that they will find more charges against Mr Banda points to the fact that the PF is scheming behind the scenes to diminish the political clout of the former President.
“PF has realized that Mr Banda will become a big factor in the politics of EasternProvince and they are abusing state machinery to advance political and partisan goals.
The Zambian people must stand up against this move,” Fr Bwalya said.
Fr Bwalya said when his party formed government, he would ensure that institutions of good governance such as the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC), the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) and the police were allowed to operate in a civil and professional manner.
He said the PF had turned the police, DEC and ACC into apparatus of witch-hunting perceived political opponents, warning that the government would never succeed in destroying the institutions because Zambians were ready to defend their democracy.
And Fr Bwalya has observed that the attacks on the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) by PF with Kabimba leading the onslaught, was a scheme to replace the commission’s chairperson Justice Ireen Mambilima and other critical staff with PF cadres.