By Saleya Kwalombota

The happenings in the ongoing by-election political campaigns in Sisheke are provocative to the peaceful people of Southern Barotseland and a clear manifestation of the ruling party’s politics of confrontation and abuse of state police.

The escalated political violence under PF, especially the sharp decline in the rule of law, constitute an urgent problem that is if not well resolved, it will put the country on political turmoil that the current regime will fail to quench. Politics of violence is by-gone and not admirable by people with civilized minds.

We are very much aware of politics of enslavement as a major component of PF regime and at play in provinces perceived to be strong hold of opposition parties. I suffice to state that PF is taking advantage of rampant poverty and unemployment among the people of Barotseland, Sisheke in particular, to recruit young men to cause havoc and weakening the authority of the reigning Prince Inyambo Yeta through enticement of monetary gain.

The intimidation and even life threatening acts of the PF militia is unacceptable because other competing political parties are a creation of the constitution that brought about multipartism and the birth of Patriotic Front (PF), otherwise Rupia Banda and MMD would have remained in power to date.

Sisheke is not Kaoma, people of Sisheke expect to hear what PF or UPND have for the district in terms of economic empowerment. They have every right to receive a share of development from Zambia as they too pay tax and contribute to Zambia’s revenue through the Katima mulilo border.

Any sane mind would not condone the political violence being perpetrated in Sisheke by-election campaigns by the unprofessional Zambia Police.

It is strange for the local traditional authority of the BRE in Sesheke to remain mute when the people are being massacred by ruthless PF thugs hired from Northern Rhodesia! The attitude of the BRE in this matter is an indication of weaker position of the traditional authority in the face of Zambian politics.

The people of Barotseland have on several occasions called for urgent reforms in the governance system in Barotseland that should have strong political element. In this case, the would be voters in Sisheke parliamentary by-election are not protected from intimidation and violence by both the traditional authority and Northern Rhodesia state authority, aimed at silencing their democratic right to choose the candidate of their choice.

People must exercise their democratic right of choosing a candidate of their choice without undue influence of barrel of a gun.

The violence in Sisheke by-election is the worst so far by Zambia’s ruling Party, particularly in the contested territory of Barotseland. Politically-motivated killings and other attacks have occurred in many other areas of Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) but the incidence of Sisheke shootings was like that of a war zone. People should understand that the Police work under command, therefore, no doubt the police acted according to the commanding authority.

PF party is full of contradictions, it practices divide and rule tactics through ethnicity to galvanize political support, stirring up sentiments that could spark further communal violence in Barotseland, as evidenced by the traditional authority wrangle in Kaoma district.

Secondly, during PF’s tenure in power, most of the cases of political violence remain unresolved. Although the police have made some arrests, prosecutions are rare against PF cadres but quick on opponents. It is immoral for the PF to perpetuate Impunity by encouraging ruthless attacks on anyone not in agreement with their party policies. God has a way to deal with cruel leaders as demonstrated in the past.

But why electoral violence and not violence to end poverty? This is what the people of Sesheke need. Violence does not predict popularity, especially if perpetuated by the party in power, but representation of failed leadership.

It is difficult to know if the frequency of these political violence against the other competing political parties are a product of PF’s interest to hold-on power or to provide leadership service to the people. A key question is whether/how these forms of violence causally occur without the knowledge of the president?

Bulozi fasi la bondataPOLITICS OF BLOODSHED IS PF’S TRADEMARK BUT NOT WELCOME IN BAROTSELAND

By Saleya Kwalombota

The happenings in the ongoing by-election political campaigns in Sisheke are provocative to the peaceful people of Southern Barotseland and a clear manifestation of the ruling party’s politics of confrontation and abuse of state police.

The escalated political violence under PF, especially the sharp decline in the rule of law, constitute an urgent problem that is if not well resolved, it will put the country on political turmoil that the current regime will fail to quench. Politics of violence is by-gone and not admirable by people with civilized minds.

We are very much aware of politics of enslavement as a major component of PF regime and at play in provinces perceived to be strong hold of opposition parties. I suffice to state that PF is taking advantage of rampant poverty and unemployment among the people of Barotseland, Sisheke in particular, to recruit young men to cause havoc and weakening the authority of the reigning Prince Inyambo Yeta through enticement of monetary gain.

The intimidation and even life threatening acts of the PF militia is unacceptable because other competing political parties are a creation of the constitution that brought about multipartism and the birth of Patriotic Front (PF), otherwise Rupia Banda and MMD would have remained in power to date.

Sisheke is not Kaoma, people of Sisheke expect to hear what PF or UPND have for the district in terms of economic empowerment. They have every right to receive a share of development from Zambia as they too pay tax and contribute to Zambia’s revenue through the Katima mulilo border.

Any sane mind would not condone the political violence being perpetrated in Sisheke by-election campaigns by the unprofessional Zambia Police.

It is strange for the local traditional authority of the BRE in Sesheke to remain mute when the people are being massacred by ruthless PF thugs hired from Northern Rhodesia! The attitude of the BRE in this matter is an indication of weaker position of the traditional authority in the face of Zambian politics.

The people of Barotseland have on several occasions called for urgent reforms in the governance system in Barotseland that should have strong political element. In this case, the would be voters in Sisheke parliamentary by-election are not protected from intimidation and violence by both the traditional authority and Northern Rhodesia state authority, aimed at silencing their democratic right to choose the candidate of their choice.

People must exercise their democratic right of choosing a candidate of their choice without undue influence of barrel of a gun.

The violence in Sisheke by-election is the worst so far by Zambia’s ruling Party, particularly in the contested territory of Barotseland. Politically-motivated killings and other attacks have occurred in many other areas of Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) but the incidence of Sisheke shootings was like that of a war zone. People should understand that the Police work under command, therefore, no doubt the police acted according to the commanding authority.

PF party is full of contradictions, it practices divide and rule tactics through ethnicity to galvanize political support, stirring up sentiments that could spark further communal violence in Barotseland, as evidenced by the traditional authority wrangle in Kaoma district.

Secondly, during PF’s tenure in power, most of the cases of political violence remain unresolved. Although the police have made some arrests, prosecutions are rare against PF cadres but quick on opponents. It is immoral for the PF to perpetuate Impunity by encouraging ruthless attacks on anyone not in agreement with their party policies. God has a way to deal with cruel leaders as demonstrated in the past.

But why electoral violence and not violence to end poverty? This is what the people of Sesheke need. Violence does not predict popularity, especially if perpetuated by the party in power, but representation of failed leadership.

It is difficult to know if the frequency of these political violence against the other competing political parties are a product of PF’s interest to hold-on power or to provide leadership service to the people. A key question is whether/how these forms of violence causally occur without the knowledge of the president?

Bulozi fasi la bondata

1 COMMENT

  1. Zambia is a democratic country and its people are free to choose either to be in an alliance or not.
    What has happened in DR Congo is pure selfishness of some individual who thinks himself love power so much than others. Democracy is about respect of other peoples’ properties e.g votes. In democratic societies, honest should come out first. That is the moral soundness of individuals is more important in democratic societies. Democracy can never be practiced by political fools though man is a political animal. Fools are persons who pretend to have good morals, but incline themselves to underhand methods like vote rigging and the like, just to be in power. The political animal of man does not imply foolishness of man.

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