The decision by the Council for African Political Parties (CAPP) not to invite other political parties at its meeting being held in Lusaka, is an attempt by the Patriotic Front (PF) to create an impression that there are no opposition political parties in the country, observes ZADECO president Langton Sichone.
Mr. Sichone said that his party was shocked that no any other political party was invited to the meeting by the organization during the executive meeting official opening.
He said that the Council for African Political Parties whose aims and objectives were not different from the Zambia Center for Interparty Dialogue (ZCID) in strengthening democracy in Africa should have allowed other political parties in the country to attend the official opening.
Mr. Sichone said that the association had a battle to explain whether the association membership on the continent was for political parties in power alone or not.
“But what we know is that this is an attempt by the PF to create the impression that that there is only one political party in the country which is not the case. PF is a board member of the Zambia Center for Interparty Dialogue (ZCID) whose secretary is myself and never received that invitation. I have to state that this association will become irrelevant to Zambia when t he PF is kicked out of power because it is not inclusive and its agenda for now is not clearly known,” said Mr. Sichone.
He said that it was highly suspicious that the association president who is also PF secretary general Wynter Kabimba was not clear over the agenda of the meeting in Zambia where other political icons such as Dr. Kenneth Kaunda were part of the guests.
Mr. Sichone said it was saddening that the PF was not being open in the manner they were conducting governance issues, adding that leaving out opposition political parties in the meeting was an attempt of killing multi-partism and the country’s democracy.
“One wonders now about the intention of the meeting where you don’t invite other political parties. Does the PF suggest that they are the only political party in this country? Why leaving out critical stakeholders in the governance of the country at such a high level meeting with other African parties?
What is the agenda for this association Mr. Kabimba is president and are they hiding something that we should now know? He wondered.
The meeting has since come to an end in Lusaka