Rainbow party president Wynter Kabimba has written to President Edgar Lungu over some of the Patriotic Fronts actions that threaten the democracy of Zambia.
Mr.Kabimba said President Lungu is going around the country campaigning whilst making sure that opposition parties are not availed any political space to enable Zambians to listen to a different message of hope in the wake of the dismal performance of the economy and mass retrenchments of workers in the mining industry under the leadership of the PF government.
Mr.Kabimba said as if the past has no lessons for the living, the First Lady has also been on a clear PF campaign trail using state resources when legally she is a private citizen with limits about her access to public resources since her office is not constitutional.
Mr Kabimba said the Inspector-General of Police and the police command in general have been instructed not to allow opposition political parties to hold any political meetings in the country contrary to the provisions of the Public Order Act.He said Police officers who have attempted to act professionally have been dismissed or transferred.
Mr Kabimba said if PF is confident of re-election in 2016 and that Zambians will decide to reward PF positively for the misery they has caused then PF should ensure a level playing field for all political parties.
Below is the Full letter
08th December, 2015
His Excellency Mr. Edgar C. Lungu.
President of the Republic of Zambia
RE: ACTIONS THREATENING OUR DEMOCRACY.
I write this letter to you, Your Excellency, both as a citizen and leader of the opposition Rainbow Party.
In the last 5 months we have witnessed with consternation some actions and/or pronouncements on your part personally and some of your government officials which, if not addressed promptly would constitute a serious threat to our democratic dispensation. You have not given us the confidence that you are going to uphold even the basic principles of democracy which would accord a free and equitable participation of our citizens in the affairs of their country.
While you are going round the country campaigning on the professional advice of your image-building consultants, you have made sure that opposition political parties do not get availed any political space to mobilise citizens to enable them to listen to a different message of hope in the wake of the dismal performance of the economy and mass retrenchments of workers in the mining industry under your government.
As if the past has no lessons for the living, the First Lady has also been on a clear PF campaign trail using state resources when legally as you know she is a private citizen with limits about her access to public resources since her office is not constitutional. You have also refused to condemn the violence being perpetrated by some elements in PF across the country.
It does not invite any level of conjecture to discern that there are express instructions to the Inspector-General of Police and the police command in general not to allow opposition political parties to hold any political meetings in the country contrary to the provisions of the Public Order Act. This is evidenced by the instant dismissals or transfers of those police officers who have attempted to act professionally. This is a sad development, but I am certain that it will not give PF any positive returns in the 2016 elections just like it did not do so for the MMD in 2011.
These events are causing unnecessary political tension in the country. If indeed you are confident as you have at times stated that PF shall be re-elected in 2016, and that Zambians will decide to reward you positively for the misery which your government has caused to them, I appeal to you to level the playing field for all parties by upholding the tenets of democracy. As Rainbow Party we want to engage Zambians across the country and give them a clear message that another term for PF shall consign them to hell and that only a government under the Rainbow Party shall salvage them out of the misery and economic malaise confronting them today.
Wynter M. Kabimba, ODS, SC.
CC. The American Ambassador.
Embassy of the United States of America
CC. The British High Commissioner.
British High Commission
CC. The Leader of the European Union Delegation