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The opposition Patriotic Front (PF) has advised journalists in the public media to abstain from covering the party to avoid their stories being trashed.

PF Chairman for local government Given Lubinda further advised the journalists not to allow themselves to be abused at the expense of other individuals.

Mr. Lubinda says the party would still survive even if the public media stopped covering its event

Speaking in Lusaka yesterday, Mr. Lubinda assured Zambians that time will soon come when the media in the country will be liberated.

THE Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has revealed that the forthcoming general elections could result in a transfer of power from President Rupiah Banda to PF leader Michael Sata.

And the EIU states that Sata’s popularity has grown as public discontent with the government has increased.

This is contained in the latest EIU country report on Zambia for May 2011.
On political outlook for 2011-2012, the EIU report has stated that the first half of the forecast period would be dominated by the elections, which are likely to take place in mid- 2011.

“Political squabbling will intensify but stability will remain intact. Following months of discord, the alliance between the two largest opposition parties – the Patriotic Front (PF) and the United Party for National Development (UPND) – has ended,” the EIU stated.

“Despite this, the elections are likely to be closely contested and could result in a transfer of power from the President, Rupiah Banda, and the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) to the PF and its leader, Michael Sata.”

The EIU stated that Sata’s nationalistic rhetoric has raised some concern in the past but he is highly unlikely to depart radically from the MMD’s fairly pragmatic policy agenda.

“Following the elections the government’s focus is likely to revert to policy. A referendum is expected in 2012 on changing presidential elections from the first-past-the-post system to one in which the winning candidate would require more than 50 per cent of the vote,” reads the report in part.

“A fragmented opposition would then no longer guarantee victory for the ruling party. The population is widely expected to approve the change. Labour unrest and demands for higher wages could increase in the run-up to the elections.

Stability is likely to be maintained as the government intervenes to quell any unrest, although underlying discontent will persist.”

On election watch, the EIU maintained that the presidential and parliamentary elections were likely to be closely contested.

“The MMD will benefit from the advantages of incumbency and its formidable electoral machinery. However, the PF and Mr Sata should put up a strong challenge to the MMD,” the report stated. “Mr Sata narrowly lost the 2008 election and his popularity has grown as public discontent with the government has increased.

“A controversial reversal of his position on mining taxes – Mr Sata previously advocated higher mining taxes, but now supports a stable tax regime – has not dented his popularity.”

The report stated that the electorate is disillusioned with the MMD but is also disenchanted with the opposition’s enduring failure to offer a united front against it.

The EUI stated that the run-up to voting would be marred by bias in the state-owned media and the incumbent’s use of public resources to fund their campaigns.

“Some election-related violence could occur, especially if the government sticks by its decision to ban parallel vote tabulation whereby polling booths are monitored to ensure that the results announced at individual polling stations are consistent with the nationwide result, which would entrench the opposition’s suspicions of electoral fraud,” stated the latest EIU report in part./Postzambia

Press Release

Caritas Zambia is shocked by the recent accusations purporting that it is in an alliance with the Patriotic Front (PF) and is planning to remove the MMD government from power in this year’s elections. These accusations are false and misleading. They are only meant to discredit and embarrass not only Caritas Zambia but the entire Catholic Church. Therefore, these accusations should be dismissed with the contempt they deserve by all peace loving Zambians. This is because Caritas Zambia is a credible organization which is non partisan and we have proved this over the many years we have been in existence. Our vision as an organization is to see a Zambian society where every person, regardless of their political affiliation, is free to fully attain integral human development and live in harmony. Caritas Zambia draws its inspiration from the gospel and catholic social teachings, which motivate us to be dedicated to the promotion and protection of human dignity and sustainable development for the people of God especially the less privileged. Therefore, how can we then undermine our own vision and mission?

We want to set the record straight on the accusation that Caritas Zambia has formed an Alliance with the PF and intends to field Managers and Coordinators as parliamentary candidates on the PF ticket. This is totally untrue as Caritas Zambia cannot form alliances with political parties. We believe in a multi party democratic system where various political parties compete fairly to assume political leadership. Therefore, deliberately choosing to support one political party defeats this very principle. For example, the efforts we make in providing space for all political parties to sell themselves to the public through ‘meet your candidates’ forums go a long way in proving our non partisanship nature. Secondly, the Catholic Church is composed of members who belong to different political parties. It would therefore be unfair for Caritas Zambia to be aligned to one political party. Thirdly, our prophetic role as Caritas Zambia is to speak for the voiceless and the marginalized in society. For this reason, when we offer positive criticism which is at times shared by the opposition parties, we should not be seen as partisan.

The allegation that Caritas Zambia is abusing donor funds to campaign for PF in order to make political gains is another lie that is meant to discredit and tarnish our image in the eyes of the donors. There is no way an organization like ours can encourage youths to drink and engage in political violence when we were established to promote justice and peace in Zambia. We would therefore like to alert our Cooperating Partners that they should not be hoodwinked by these false accusations, as Caritas Zambia is a transparent organization.

It is laughable to read accusations that Caritas Zambia’s leadership has been promised positions when PF comes to power. Caritas Zambia in its ranks and file leadership is not interested in political positions but the welfare of the poor and marginalized. The Church and its organizations always put a separation between the state and itself. That is why it supplements state efforts such as in development, governance, education, health and agriculture. It does not seek to replace the state because its task is not to run the country but to promote and defend human dignity.

In conclusion, we would like to state that every individual has a right to participate in politics. However for Caritas Zambia, the policy is very clear. Whoever, chooses to take a partisan role and begins to campaign for a political party is required to immediately resign so that they can concentrate on partisan politics. This is our position and shall remain so.

Milimo Mwiba (Ms.)

Acting Director

Caritas Zambia

 


Patriotic Front (PF) president Michael Sata says the recent opinion poll results will not slacken hi party’s works ahead of the general elections later this year.

Mr Sata says the PF will instead continue to work hard despite the respective opinion poll pitting him ahead of the MMD’s President Rupiah Banda.

He has however told Muvi TV news in an interview that he is grateful for the trust Zambian people have vested in him.

Mr Sata has further said the party is busy mobilizing itself in preparation for the 2011 general elections./MuviTv

London: Zambians in the UK had a rare opportunity to interact with Zambia’s main opposition Patriotic Front (PF) president Michael Sata.  In his introduction text, Mr. Sata told a surprising small crowned that gathered in East London that:

“If we have to build Zambia we need all of you. I want you to know that as the leader of the most popular party and second biggest party in Zambia, I am quite mindful of you citizens living in the Diaspora.

“I am very grateful that you asked me to come and share with you on how we can build Zambia. We need you to be more organised, the PF government wants to know ‘who is who’ outside Zambia so that you can help build Zambia, without you we shall be going forward and backwards.

“I urge the Diaspora to turn Zambia into green pastures not run to the green pastures”.

Once in power, Mr. Sata promised the Zambians in the Diaspora that they will be allowed bring home “all your goods and the stuff in your garages tax free”

“If the Chinese and other foreigners can bring their goods in Zambia tax free, why should you Zambians denied the same right”?

Mr. Sata praised Zambians in the Diaspora for their unity.

“Here you do not look who comes from which tribe, but you consider yourself as Zambians when it suits you.

Mr. Sata disclosed that his government will forge close links to the United Kingdom its formal colonial master and start benefiting from its research and development.

He cited some of the problems facing Zambia today which include high and chronic unemployment, poor health, Zambia not benefit from its natural resources, misuse of government resources and corruption among government officials.

On corruption, Mr. Sata also questioned why the government had to buy land from a private company.

Mr. Sata condemned the public media in Zambia for being the mouth piece of the current government while praising the private media dotted around the country for filing in the gap.

On the question of whether he supports dual-nationality, Mr. Sata did not give clear black and white answer.

He said:

“When Zambia becomes a rich country, Zambians will be proud to be Zambians and not bother about the issue of dual nationality.

“Immediately you bring dual nationality, the first thing will be 15 million Chinese people to get dual nationality, because law is law, but once will bring pride, then the question of dual-nationality will be of secondary importance to you”.

Mr. Sata said that: “I am here in the UK because I have been invited to speak to students at Oxford University on how to organise and run a successful political party.”

President Banda has directed the Minister of Mines, Maxwell Mwale, to direct the board of Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines Investment Holding ZCCM IH to immediately write off outstanding balances which sitting tenants of 3,386 houses in the Copperbelt province owe the company.

The president has also directed ZCCM-IH to immediately stop recoveries of all outstanding balances and harassment of sitting tenants.

President Banda said he has decided to issue directives because of complaints and petitions which sitting tenants presented to him.

He said the directive refers only to residential properties.

He said it was the hope of government that houses would be sold at reasonable prices but the majority of tenants have struggled to finish paying for the houses due to exorbitant prices.

ZANIS reports that the debt write off will apply to residents in Mufulira with 1,518 houses in Butondo, Kankoyo, Kantanshi and Mupambe townships.

In Luanshya the debt write off applies to 1,011 houses, in Kitwe 732 houses in Wusakile Mindolo Nkana east and west and Chamboli while in Chililambobwe there are 31 houses.

In Kalulushi and Chambishi, the debt writes off affects 92 houses.

President Banda told sitting tenants that the house as theirs and they now have full ownership from today onwards and no parastatal company should intimidate them.

He said the MMD government is a government for all Zambians and therefore, when people complain it must listen.

He said as President, he will not stand by and watch the poor quality of life which the people have allegedly been subjected to by the opposition Patriotic Front (PF) run councils on the Copperbelt.

The President said since last year when he raised concerns over how public money was being abused by PF run councils, nothing has changed in terms of service delivery and this was why he decided to return to Kitwe and issue directives.

He said government has been left with no option but engage directly in finding partners in order to fix some of the roads in the Copperbelt province.

And president Banda has announced that he will soon go back to Kitwe to outline the plan on the road rehabilitation in the Copperbelt province.

He charged that it was not because of elections that government has decided to take up the rehabilitation of roads in the province but because local councils have failed to do so./ZANIS

The United Party for National Development (UPND) has condemned the Patriotic Front (PF) for what it terms as under hand methods to poach its members.

UPND deputy spokesperson Cornelius Mweetwa says the party is disappointed with the PF for the tactics they are using to make the members of the former pact partners to defect to the PF.

Mr. Mweetwa claims that the PF is this afternoon in Choma district offering 100,000 kwacha to members of the UPND who will surrender the membership cards at a public rally.

He says that it is a pity that the PF is using corruption to gain support in the UPND stronghold.
Mr. Mweetwa expressed his disappointment to QFM news this morning.

He says that it is also disappointing for the party that condemns corruption to be engaging in graft.

He says that this shows that if the PF forms government, they will be corrupt as can be seen from the type of politics they are practicing./qfm

By JERRY MUNTHALI

A KITWE-BASED non-governmental organisation (NGO) has said organisations advocating parallel vote tabulation (PVT) are trying to incite Zambians to reject election results in the event that a named opposition leader loses the poll.

Africa Institute for Democracy and Good Governance head of public relations Thabo Kawana said in an interview in Kitwe on March 28 that it is a well-known fact that organisations and individuals advocating PVT support Patriotic Front (PF) president Michael Sata, who has participated in elections several times and lost.

“This time around, they want to go ahead of the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to announce the election results in the event that their preferred candidate loses. They want people to reject the election results so that the country can degenerate into chaos,” Mr Kawana said.

He said Father Frank Bwalya is an example of a PVT advocate who in the 2008 presidential elections announced exit polls from his ‘people on the ground’ which indicated that the PF was winning the election.

“But when official results from the ECZ came out, there was tension on the Copperbelt,” Mr Kawana said.

He said PVT has never been officially used in Zambia and the ECZ has never accredited organisations to carry out the exercise.

“The ECZ has accredited organisations to monitor elections but in the process, these organisations have conducted unofficial and secret PVT,” Mr Kawana said.

He said it is unfortunate that some NGOs, unscrupulous donors and individuals have coined a strategy to announce their preferred candidate as the winner, ahead of the official results from ECZ.

“This is an illegal activity because the announcement of election results is a preserve of the ECZ as enshrined in the republican Constitution,” Mr Kawana said.

He said the ECZ is right to refuse to share power with organisations advocating PVT.

Mr Kawana challenged pro-PVT NGOs to state when the ECZ accredited individuals or organisations to conduct PVT.

He said attempts to sway the people of Western Province to vote for Mr Sata through negative publicity will not work.

The Patriotic Front (PF) has demanded for the truth to be told over last weekend’s violence between its cadres and those from the MMD.

The Opposition party’s youth wing has demanded that the truth be told, regarding the instigators of the violence.

PF Youth Chairperson, Kennedy Kamba says it is unfortunate that the nation has been misled through insinuations that the opposition party started the violence.

On Saturday, PF and MMD cadres clashed at Lusaka’s Garden House Hotel on the sidelines of the opposition party’s Lusaka provincial convention./muvitv

By WALLEN SIMWAKA, KAPALA CHISUNKA and PETER CHIKWAMPU

PATRIOTIC Front (PF) president Michael Sata on March 19 pleaded with opposition political parties to help his party win this year’s tripartite elections by forming loose political alliances with his party.

But United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema has described the plea as a little too late “public relations” stunt which will yield no results.

Mr Sata, during his address, bragged that the PF is the undisputable leading opposition political party that should be assisted by what he termed “small opposition political parties” to oust the MMD from government in this year’s general elections.

Mr Sata, who claimed the PF is the biggest opposition said his party needs to accommodate smaller opposition political parties to strengthen his chances of winning the elections this year.

He made the plea to other opposition political parties when he opened the Lusaka Province PF conference at Garden House Hotel on March 19.

The PF leader said opposition political parties can co-operate and unite even after the alliance it entered into with the UPND collapsed.

Mr Sata has blamed the MMD for the demise of the PF-UPND pact, alleging that the ruling party manipulated the opposition political party.

The UPND has since announced that it will go it alone in this year’s tripartite elections but Mr Sata is still calling on “smaller opposition political parties” to consider working with the PF.

PF Lusaka Province chairperson Davies Chama has said his party regrets the collapse of the pact it formed with the UPND.

The UPND and the MMD have in recent weeks stated that the PF is not as strong as its leaders claim it is.

The PF has reportedly been sending emissaries to the UPND to try and keep the pact alive, but the UPND has categorically stated that the alliance is dead.

And on March 19, Mr Hichilema said during the UPND’s card renewal exercise in Lusaka that the pact failed to work because leaders in the PF were more interested in fighting for positions than focusing on fostering the interests of the pact and serving Zambians.

“As UPND, we are not ready to continue working with the PF and the pact. In fact, PF’s sentiments that they are willing to continue working with us and revive the pact are mere public relations,” Mr Hichilema said.

He said the PF should not be voted for because bringing the PF into power would be like recycling old politicians as most of the people in the PF have already served in previous governments.

“It is unfortunate that our colleagues in the PF were more interested in positions than in making the pact work. That is the reason they were always attacking the UPND through the media,” he said.

 

Mr Hichilema said the UPND joined the pact because their interest was in serving the people of Zambia and that was an objective they were still holding on to.

He said that any attempt to derail or mislead the party by the PF will not work.

Meanwhile, Mr Sata has castigated PF Lusaka members of Parliament for not protesting against Government when the Lusaka City Council was suspended.

Mr Sata described the MPs as docile.

Mr Sata told Mandevu member of Parliament Jean Kapata to stop threatening the police that she would undress but should instead go to the Inter-City Bus Station and undress in protest against the suspension of the council.

The PF Lusaka provincial conference was delayed by violence when PF and MMD cadres clashed, leaving some of them injured.

 

The Kanyama township residential area around Garden House Hotel, the venue of the PF conference, is an MMD stronghold.

The violence is said to have been triggered by some PF cadres who went to an MMD post and started removing the ruling party’s flags.

Kanyama MMD youth chairperson William Daka said that this infuriated his members, who resisted the attempt by the PF members to rip the MMD flags off the post.

 

The clash raged for about three hours, disrupting the flow of traffic on the Mumbwa Road until the police restored calm.

 

Lusaka Province officer commanding Mulekeni Zulu said the police dispersed the rival cadres.

University Teaching Hospital sources said three people were treated for injuries and that by press time two of them had been discharged.

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