Zambians aren’t docile, warns NDC
By Staff Reporter
The opposition National Democratic Congress says attempts by the government to decimate, amputate and silence credible opposition political parties in the country are an exercise in futility.
Secretary General Mwenya Musenge said his party had realised that the PF had also implored medieval and farfetched attempts to silence independent and divergent voices.
He said the NDC had observed with sadness how the ruling Patriotic Front party was buying opposition members to create an impression that it was a popular party.
“Just yesterday, we saw what happened in the Eastern Province where the UPND suffered yet another blow after its regional vice chairperson joined the PF. But all these desperate attempts to mislead the Zambian populace will be short lived,” Musenge said on Wednesday. “The people of Zambia will soon speak out and this will be the end of this barbaric regime that has caused so much havoc and pain for its people. This crusade to cripple the opposition through hook and crook is cosmetic.”
Musenge said it was unfortunate that the government viewed people as docile.
He said Zambians were just waiting for an opportunity to hit back at the ruling party.
“To our party functionaries countrywide, we appeal to you our noble and gallant members to remain strong, united and steadfast. We in the NDC will not fall prey to these makeup defections to hoodwink the Zambian people and sway public perception. The National leadership of the NDC will continue speaking out on behalf of our poor peasants and general citizenry,” said Musenge.
“The country is only remaining with a few months before the next general elections are announced. We are not an appendage of the PF and we shall thus remain as a united opposition front. The NDC might be a sprinter or break away party from the PF, but the PF we established and shed our blood for has been hijacked. Hoodlums and crooks have taken over a once great party.”