Zambians may never enjoy their rights freely under the current leadership of the Patriotic Front (PF) government because they have demonstrated arrogance over the administration of the Public Order Act (POA) says Fr Frank Bwalya.
Fr Bwalya was speaking yesterday when he featured on Yatsan Radio programme dubbed ‘Good Governance’.
He said it was unfair for the PF government to continue harassing opposition political parties from holding their mobilisation meetings.
Fr Bwalya accused PF of blocking opposition political party meetings because the ruling party had realised that it had lost popularity.
“PF is no longer attractive. It has manners that Zambians don’t like. It has the manners of going around with Pangas killing one another from both within and outside its own party,” he said.
Fr Bwalya said PF was disorganized, lacked a heart for the people because of its failed implementation of the party and government policies.
He said the PF was uncomfortable that opposition political parties were attractive to Zambians hence government’s violation of the Public Order Act.
“They are stopping us even from conducting door to door meeting with our party members,” Fr Bwalya said.
He however said his party was hopeful that Zambians would be blessed with new leaders in 2016.
“In 2016 a crop of new and civilized leaders who will go to the people and canvas for votes and try to convince people to support them will also allow other people to do the same,” Fr Bwalya said.
He said the Public Order Act was a cake which was primitive and needed to be scrapped immediately.
“All the people need to do is to go and inform the Zambia Police, explain that they will be having a meeting, they can explain the nature of the meeting for purposes of getting the police to come and provide security services if needed,” Fr Bwalya suggested.
He said there was no need for the opposition political parties to be asking for police permits whenever they wanted to assemble.
Fr Bwalya said it was unconstitutional and undemocratic for the government to continue subjecting opposition political parties to the Public Order Act when the ruling party was not.
And Fr Bwalya dispelled assertions that the alliance which he belongs to was not working.
He said his party Alliance for Better Zambia (ABZ), Zambians for Empowerment Development (ZED), Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD), Peoples Party (PP), All People’s Congress Party (APC), had been holding meetings to strategise and working together on issues of common interest.
“We have been working together in terms of fielding who would lead the alliance in 2016,” Fr Bwalya explained.