The opposition Forum for Democracy and Development says it is not attacking government but offering positive criticism and advise which the current administration should take advantage of in sorting out some of the challenges the country is facing.
Speaking in an interview FDD Spokesperson Antonio Mwanza said his party does not attack individuals and that those in government should pay attention when they are criticized because it is free advice that the government can use to tackle some of the country’s social and economic problems.
Mr. Mwanza said he does not understand people especially government officials and PF sympathisers who are accusing the party of attacking the President and his government when all the party is doing is pointing out specific issues affecting the nation.
He added that people should remember that the FDD as an opposition party will continue to offer alternative policy direction, advice and positive criticism when ever they notice wrongs and that they will not do it in a charitable way.
“What we are saying is criticism is essential in a democracy and those in government should realise that when they are criticised they should pay attention. The problem that I find is that every time you raise an issue with the government they take it personal and they don’t want any one to ask questions,” Mr. Mwanza said.
He added “those in government should realise that they are in government at the benevolent of Zambians and that they don’t own this country, this country does not belong to any body it belongs to all of us. We all have a stake to play and as FDD will continue to criticise and will not do it in a charitable way, sometimes will do it a hash way because we feel they can do better and sometime we don’t agree with government policy.”
The opposition party has criticized government for failing to resolve a number of challenges facing the nation including the impasse between government and mine owners over the royalty tax and political violence which is being perpetrated by suspected PF cadres among others which some PF sympathisers have taken as attacks on the government.