Alliance for a Better Zambia (ABZ) leader Frank Bwalya has disclosed that some of the Patriotic Front (PF) Members of Parliament (MPs), Ministers and their deputies contemplating to form a breakaway political party from the ruling party had assured him that they would join his party after leaving President Michael Sata’s government.
Fr Bwalya said he was worried that some PF MPs, ministers and their deputies who had earlier assured him that they would join his political party after breaking away from the ruling party were now considering forming their own political party.
Fr Bwalya said the formation of another political party would further weaken the struggle by the opposition to remove the PF from government in the 2016 general elections.
The ABZ leader said that some cabinet Ministers and deputies had confided in him that they were extremely frustrated working under President Sata and that they were not going to continue serving in the PF government because the Head of State had decided to surround himself with people whose agenda was to make the country ungovernable.
Fr Bwalya said it had been difficult to contact the ministers and the MPs because their mobile phones had been bugged and that there was a lot of surveillance around them after President Sata discovered that there an impending breakaway by a number of his cabinet ministers and other senior government officials.
Fr Bwalya has appealed to the group of ministers and deputies contemplating breaking away from the PF to consider joining his party because they would be free to contest for any position including the presidency.
“I am very worried that some PF MPs, ministers and their deputies who earlier assured me that they would join our party, the ABZ, after breaking away from the ruling party are now contemplating forming their own political party.
We think that the formation of another political party would weaken the struggle to remove the corrupt and incompetent PF from government in 2016. Let me make the nation know that it has been difficult to contact the MPs and ministers who are contemplating to break away from the ruling party because their phones have been heavily bugged and there was a lot of surveillance around after President Sata discovered that there was an impending break away,” Fr Bwalya said.
He said there was need for the opposition political parties to work together and save the country from those who were determined to destroy the economic, social and political gains the country had attained.
Fr Bwalya advised the PF ministers and MPs contemplating to break away from President Sata regime to be prepared to be harassed, blackmailed, beaten and arrested on trumped up charges because that was what the Head of State knew best.
“They should also be ready to be visited by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC), Police, the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) and any other state operatives on tramped up charges should they go ahead and form their political party,” Fr Bwalya said.