FORUM for Democracy and Development (FDD) leader Edith Nawakwi yesterday drew the audience at Mulungushi International Conference Centre, the result centre for elections into laughter when she walked in blaring that it was a mourning day for her party because there was no longer democracy in Zambia.
Ms. Nawakwi, who was dressed in black, claimed that it was unusual for the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) to scoop most of the local government seats in Lusaka.
She said the outcome of the polls at local government level was a clear indication that democracy no longer existed in Zambia.
Ms. Nawakwi charged that it was undemocratic for a council chamber to be run by one political party.
“Today is a day of mourning. It’s a funeral for democracy. I don’t believe we can have a council chamber being run by one political party. What checks and balances are they going to provide? Lusaka is a very difficult town. You cannot have one political party having complete control of Lusaka.
“This has never happened, even in the one party state when we were moving from one party to multi-party, we shared seats in that chamber because that’s where Government is and those people at local government need guidance, now what guidance are they going to get among themselves?” she asked.
Ms. Nawakwi reiterated that there was no way her party could not obtain local government seats.
She maintained that her party’s votes were stolen.
“This is absolutely not the will of the people. There is no way that even in my village we can have zero votes. The issue of having one party in chambers will cause complete theft and looting of public resources and that’s why I am wearing black, there is no longer any democracy in this country.
“Our towns will never change. We thought that by moving from the system that we had to executive mayor we are going to have all parties participating at least at one government level but now that they want to implement it on their own, only God will save us,” she said.