I HAVE no doubt that the ruling PF has entrenched itself into dictatorship, says PF and President Lungu’s ardent supporter Emmanuel Chilekwa.
Chilekwa, in a statement posted on his Facebook page, stated that the PF was undoubtedly a very undemocratic and dictatorial party in practice.
He also said the PF Central Committee used emotions instead of political logic when they expelled Chishimba Kambwili from the ruling party.
Without doubt, the country faces a tripod political delta of North, South and Eastern. The PF Central Committee used emotions instead of political logic. The PF is undoubtedly a very undemocratic and dictatorial party in practice. Don’t the PF see how South Africa’s ANC denounce and talk about President Jacob Zuma? They openly sit to say Zuma must go. Have you ever heard Zuma say you are expelled? That is democracy. The conduct of the ruling party directly affects governance. I have no doubt that PF has entrenched itself into dictatorship,
He said the PF constitution was also dictatorial by design and that the President had single powers to do as he wished.
“The Central Committee can expel anyone without reference to the disciplinary committee and that is a dictatorial policy of tyrants, it doesn’t fit in a democracy. With CK (Chishimba Kambwili) out of PF, Zambia faces Eastern, Southern and Northern blocks. CK is loved on Copperblet and cherished by the Jerabos. HH is loved in Southern Province whilst Lungu is a darling of the Eastern Province. As for CK, I am sure he had prepared well for this time so nothing surprising. As small king cobra, CK would launch his 2021 presidential bid now and will campaign day and night,” Chilekwa said.
“As for me, I don’t think CK is material for State House. His thinking too, is highly repressive and pungently dictatorial. But he knows how to look after his mass of followers, no doubt. He is like GBM on that score.”
He said going forward, the political world for PF had been reduced with the expulsion of Kambwili.
What I know is that PF used CK to help garner votes in Copperbelt and Northern provinces. Now those provinces will be hard for PF. Worse still when you bring in Mwenya Musenge in the picture. President Lungu doesn’t have politicians on his side; he has selfish, childish, jealousy chewers who are scared of losing their baits. Sadly, President Lungu doesn’t have real true friends; he has opportunists who don’t care about him. Politics is an embracing game. It’s not an exclusive club. The problem in PF now is that the cartel has become centralised and bigger. There is no dissenting views accepted. I can surely see that for 2021 all the myriad political groups will band together and deal with PF. Whatever format that shall be, a common ground shall be to kick out the PF. That is what is known as unity of purpose,
He said that in 1991, drug lords, trade unions and ordinary citizens rose up to deal with Kenneth Kaunda and his dictatorial UNIP and that was repeated in 2011 to kick out then dictatorial ruling MMD.
“It appears ruling parties get drunk with arrogance of power. If the PF continues on this path, they should realise that Zambians have always overcome dictatorial regimes with ease,” Chilekwa said.
The PF expelled Kambwili and Mwenya Musenge from the party for campaigning to be president. The ruling party’s central committee also announced that President Lungu is the party’s candidate for 2021 elections.
Meanwhile, Chilekwa said he is not a PF member but he just supports President Lungu.
“I want to set the misconceived title on my affiliations; I am not a PF party member. I only support President Edgar Chagwa Lungu as a person and that is my interest…The PF is a very toxic party, it hates progressives. They are often so jealous of each other, whether you do good or bad, that is not a party for my liking. PF has no friends, they regard no one. The most revered are the schemers and the elbowing folks. One has to be a top rank schemer to be a PF member for which I have no time like that,” said Chilekwa.
“The first and only party that I became a member of was UPND, where I held a membership card and was attached to the media wing but I was only there for a few months and since I quit, I have never joined any political party. I am independent. People should not be confused, my reasons for supporting President Lungu are historical as they arise from the good deed that late President, Michael Chilufya Sata, rendered to me when late President Levy Mwanawasa splashed battalions of police contingents on me, my mother, my-ex’s, all at one time in the night following an article I wrote saying that he suffered from Parkinson disease. And I was in detention for 6 weeks.”