Civil Rights activist Brebner Changala says it is ironic that the Patriotic Front government that came to power through sustained public meetings is denying the opposition and Zambians the right of assembly.
Changala, who was recently discharged of a state engineered drug trafficking charge, said in reference to The Post Newspaper that it was sad the major media houses had subjugated themselves to the whims of the ruling elite.
He said the Drug Enforcement Commission was a state sponsored terrorist organization on government pay roll.
"You cannot have a country that is losing democratic tenets where people are being denied rights to assemble. Sata went on campaign trail from 2001, 06, 08 after losing elections," he said.
Changala said the mainstream media had blacked out opposition political parties making participatory democracy difficult to thrive in the country.
"Mainstream media like The Post and others have blacked out opposition. It's a tough time that we have lost mainstream media to the PF, some of them for obvious reason," he said.
He said government had halted all business dealings with his companies which used to supply blackboard chalk and other stationery material to a plethora of schools.
Changala accused the PF of using government agencies to sort out its perceived foes.
"DEC has pre signed search warrants to get at opponents. The first thing officers demanded for are Phones to disable you," he said. "DEC is a state sponsored terrorist organization on government payroll."
He said on his cutting business links with companies, "They don't fund an enemy of the government. (They) cancelled my contract to supply government schools. It's a myopic way of doing things in Africa."
Changala said in prison he found that 90 percent of inmates were below 33 years old while President Michael Sata had made it a priority to employ the old to government positions.
"Youths brought PF to power, but have been abandoned when Sata became President; he exhumed old people to be leaders. 90% of in mates I found in Prison are below 33 which is sad. Police are a monster who just act on 'instructions," he said.
He said President Sata had no record of fighting for anybody's rights but his predecessors had a better record.
"Levy Mwanawasa ruled with sanity, President Sata hasn't been one to fight for people's rights," he said.
"Dr Kaunda features now daily in The Post Newspapers dancing and Chiluba despite his shortcoming gave Zambians liberty, RB though abused never threw anyone in jail."
Changala has been a strong critic of the PF government and has joined the mass of those arrested using the state security wings but without strong evidence the state has usually has had to back down using nolle prosequis.