Newly formed Democratic Front leader Miles Sampa has vowed that no one will stop his party from mobilising Zambians across the country.
And Mr Sampa says the launch of the DF marks a great political and economic revolution that shall bring Zambians from different social units together.
Speaking in Kitwe on Saturday night at 22 Hours when he launched the DF, Mr Sampa said no one will stop his party from meeting Zambians and explaining its vision.
“We will speak where in the morning, during the day or night, we will speak even at bus stops or sittings room, nobody will stop us, they will just delay us but we will meet and we will speak,” Mr Sampa said.
He added, “We are gathered here today to announce the formation of the DF, Zambia is democratic country that has a multidisciplinary political society that embraces inclusion nature. The DFD is recognising the diversity cultural groups and ethnic characteristic that includes traditions, values, norms, language, beliefs and symbolic gestures.”
“The emphasis of this day is bordering on the motto coined by our forefathers Dr Kaunda of One Zambia One Nation which entails that the party will not focus on strategies that divides the nation in view of winning an election.”
Mr Sampa said matters of tribalism have a negative impact on national unity and peace and must not be entertained at all.
He charged that life is becoming increasingly harder under the PF administration for the majority of Zambians.
“We believe the pro poor campaign has now turned into anti poor campaign, life is becoming increasingly harder for our people largely due to economic mismanagement and poor governance,” he said.
He added, “the systematic intolerance, the paranoia with perceived enemies inside the party has led to the purging persecution of those seen to the out of favour with the great humble leader.”
“After the 2015 January, ‘democratic’ presidential election debacle in the PF when I sacrificed principle for the greater good of unity in the party and agreed to unconditional reconciliation, the commitment that President Lungu and I made to work towards greater unity in the party has never been honoured. I worked tirelessly to achieve unity in the PF but to no avail.
Mr Sampa also condemned the announcement by PF Deputy Spokesman Frank Bwalya which barred him from going outside his Matero constituency for party mobilisation.
“How can you stop a MP from traveling outside his constituency? Not even during colonial rule were we subjected to such oppression.”
And Mr Sampa said the launch of the DF is the beginning of a great political and social revolution that shall bring different social units.
He said Zambia has potential to improve the lives of its people if the national cake shared equally.
“We will use the lessons learnt from the pitfalls of other parties, to enable the realisation of our avowed aim of eradicating poverty and reducing inequality among our people. The first order of business is to make the DF a model of democracy and transparency. Parties which are undemocratic when elected, fail to respect the rights of their fellow citizens,” Mr Sampa said.
Mr Sampa said the party symbol, which is a traditional broom, symbolises the sweeping work that needs to be done to eradicate poverty.
“The DF symbol is a traditional broom or ichipyango to sweep out poverty and the motto is ‘Empowering people first’. Our objective, therefore, is to attach the highest priority to empowering Zambians to develop themselves and to develop their country.”
Meanwhile, Democratic Front-DF Interim President David Chanda has said that he is going to report former Commerce Deputy Minister Miles Sampa to police for impersonating and masquerading as the party’s leader.
Mr. Chanda has challenged the Registrar of Societies to tell the nation why the his party’s name- the Democratic Front-DF, has been given to Mr. Sampa.
He said Mr. Sampa has never been a member of DF and is therefore imposing himself on the opposition party.
Mr. Chanda told ZNBC News in Kitwe today that party members are shocked that Mr. Sampa can launch his new party by the name of Democratic Front,which was registered last year in October.
He has vowed to challenge the existence of his party’s name in the courts of law.