The opposition Alliance for Better Zambia (ABZ) says it will not participate in activities organized by the PF government to celebrate the independence Golden Jubilee.
ABZ president Fr Frank Bwalya said the party had decided not to participate in the celebration in protest against alleged PF betrayal over the current constitution-making process and the blocking of the enthronement of Henry Kanyanta Sosala as Paramount Chief Chitimukulu of the Bemba people.
Fr Bwalya said his party believed that the PF had “scandalously betrayed” the confidence of the Zambian people by going against their own promise contained in the PF manifesto to deliver a people-driven Constitution in a cost-effective and expedient manner.
He said that that the manner in which PF had turned on the important matter had great potential to make Zambians lose confidence in political leadership.
“As such, we fear that should Zambians lose confidence in the political dispensation our country may become ungovernable,” he said.
The ABZ leader, also said that the “irrational” move by PF to block the enthronement of Mr. Sosala as Paramount Chief Chitimukulu was partly a weak constitution that allowed the Republican President to abuse his powers even over clear issues.
“As ABZ we can’t join the PF government in celebrating our independence Golden Jubilee because doing so would be tantamount to turning a blind eye to their illegal and clearly immoral conduct over the issue of Chitimukulu.
“Our party that draws members from various tribes in Zambia feels that if we join PF in the independence Golden Jubilee celebrations we would be betraying the Bemba Royal Establishment and our members who are subjects of Paramount Chief Chitimukulu,” he said.
Fr Bwalya hoped that their protest would serve to prick the conscience of President Michael Sata and make him allow the Bemba people enthrone their chosen paramount chief.
He said as a party their conscience forbade them to take part in the celebrations and that there was nothing to celebrate.
He said as a matter of fact, there were many blessings to count especially the peace and unity that the country has enjoyed.