Political scientist Neo Simutanyi has observed that the PF has weakened Zambia’s democratic credentials in the short time it has been in power.
Dr Simutanyi who is also Centre for Policy Dialogue Director said the PF has worked hard in its two years in power to erode the democratic gains that Zambia had made over the past two decades.
“We thought we were heading somewhere as a nation and boom! The PF arrived and took away everything we had built as a democratic state,” Dr. Simutanyi charged.
“The democratic space is shrinking by the day. All this is not an accident, it was well planned out to weaken our country’s democracy and sadly they are succeeding.”
He cited the arrest of key opposition leaders over flimsy charges and the growing levels of political intolerance as one of the areas Zambia has fallen back in its democratic development.
He said President Michael Sata has turned out to be the opposite of what the nation expected.
“This is the man we thought after struggling in opposition for ten years, he would come in and help accelerate our democratic development but the man has turned out to be something else,” he said.
He further condemned the state’s defence of the subjective application of the Public Order Act.
“It is surprising that some of the people in government today opposed this law when they were on the other side and today they are busy defending it. President Sata is on record having condemned it and now that he is President he calls it a good law.”
Dr. Simutanyi urged the opposition political parties, the civil society, the media and the church to join hands and defend the country’s democracy.