PF/UPND Pact, civil society breeding anarchy – Mangani
Home Affairs Minister Lameck Mangani has said the Patriotic Front (PF) and United Party for National Development (UPND) Pact is working with the civil society to breed anarchy in Zambia.
The minister accused the two opposition parties of being behind the Red Card campaign as realised in the manner they were collaborating with the civil society organisations such as the Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) and the Citizens Forum.
Mr Mangani said in an interview yesterday that it was surprising that the civil society was still calling for Zambians to join the Red Card campaign despite them meeting with him last week to address their concerns.
He said the two parties and the civil society organisations such as TIZ were always speaking one language even where there was no justification.
“It is clear that they have a hidden agenda as civil society. We need people who have progressive ideas as government and not those promoting anarchy,” he said.
He said the idea of meeting civil society organisations at his office last week was to iron out any issues raised but the government was saddened with the path its stakeholders were taking.
Mr Mangani said there was no justification for the Red Card campaign as being insisted by the civil society. He said Citizens Forum executive secretary Simon Kabanda should come to terms and accept that issues raised by the civil society as reason for the Red Card campaign were already addressed by the government.
Earlier, Mr Kabanda appealed to the Ministry of Home Affairs through the police to allow his organisation and other Red Card supporters to go on with their campaign.
Speaking on Face the Media radio programme on 5 FM in Lusaka yesterday, Mr Kabanda said the only thing the government could do to stop the campaign was to make all the things that had been lacking available to the people.
“If the government does not want us to go on with this campaign, then they should correct the situation which I think is becoming more desperate. For instance, the government should set the date for the referendum for the 50 plus one and it should also start the registration process for those who want to take part in it,” he said.
He said the Citizens Forum and other civil society organisations would then have nothing to flash red cards for, once their desires and those of the Zambian people were granted, failure to which they would continue with their campaign.
[Times of Zambia]