Political Activist Dante Saunders has written to the African Union (AU) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) about what he described as a plan by the government to lure the people of Zambia to start rise against the government so that thePresident Michael Sata can have an opportunity to declare a state of emergency and stop the country from going to the general elections in 2016.
Below is the full statement released to the media.
Lusaka, 27th February, 2014, Political Activist Dante Saunders wants to bring to the attention of the African Union (AU) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) a major problem that is surfacing in Zambia.
There is an apparent and deliberate plan by the Patrotic Front (PF) government and its machinery to create spearhead violence and create anarchy in the country. This plan of spearheading violence and anarchy has been well thought out.
Currently, the public media is being abused to project a picture that the oppositionpolitical parties in Zambia were sponsoring violence when it is actually the ruling party, which is doing that using government machinery and resources.
The latest incidents were during the just ended Katuba by-elections, where government ministers were abusing the electoral code of conduct by bribing voters, provoking opponents and instigating violence, but the public media was blaming all this on the opposition parties who were merely defending themselves from attacks.
The aim of the plan by the government is to lure the people of Zambia to start rise againstthe government so that the President can have an opportunity to declare a state of emergency and stop the country from going to the general elections in 2016.
Zambian will not allow this to happen because this is a democracy where people have rights and freedoms guaranteed in the constitution.
We, the people of Zambia want to ensure that the AU and SADC monitor our elections in 2016. In fact, we want the AU and SADC to arrive in Zambia early enough so that they can look at the prevailing situation leading up to the general elections.
Further, we want to urge the AU and SADC to consider coming to Zambia to monitor some of the parliamentary bye-elections that are going on so the institutions are aware of the violence and other violations that are being perpetuated by the government and the ruling party.