18 December 2012

Zambia: Sata Dismisses One Party State Fears

President Michael Sata has dismissed assertions that the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) wants to revert the country to a one- party State.

The President has since reaffirmed the PF's commitment to deepening democracy, equality and respect for the will of the Zambians.

"Nobody within or outside Government shall ever advocate for a one-party State. Our history, as a nation teaches us that multi-partism has been the central part of all political transitions this country has ever experienced," Mr Sata said.

This is contained in a media statement released in Lusaka yesterday by Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations, George Chellah.

President Sata said the Government had already facilitated an atmosphere where Zambians in their diversity, including all political parties, were enjoying various rights and freedoms as stipulated in the laws of the land.

"Therefore, as custodians of the Zambian people's interests, we find this attempt to debate democracy and the already existing multi-party system of governance, time-wasting and mischievous," he said

On MMD president Pastor Nevers Mumba's claims that the PF was behind the recent wrangles in the former ruling party, President Sata advised the opposition leader to put his act together and perform his mandated role as an opposition leader.

"Baseless and wild accusations against the ruling party and the Government, is in itself a mark of a failed leadership. Thus, let my dear brother be brave and face these self-inflicted problems.

"As outsiders, we can only watch, sympathise and wish him well as he struggles to stabilise this once vibrant and progressive political party," President Sata said.

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