12th October, 2020
Ministry of Home affairs,
Dear HON. STEPHEN KAMYONGO
RE: THE REPLACEMENT OF POLICE WITH SUSPECTED PF CADRES RESULTING IN INFRINGEMENT OF RIGHTS
Reference is made to the above statement. Collective Action Zambia(CAZ) would like to express its disgruntlement concerning the recent developments in our country.
The upcoming general elections have brought about the now on going voter registration process that has been coupled with the collection of National Registartion Cards in order to ensure every citizen can exercise his/her right to vote yet these important exercises have not been equitably enforced and one major indicator of this fact is the placing of suspected PF cadres in charge of these important excercises with the excuse that there isn’t enough Police man power yet recently we saw government deploy quite a number of fully armed police officers because they heard a peaceful protest ‘might’ occur.
The suspected PF cadres put in charge are charging money for an excercise that is supposed to be free and the goal of ensuring the poor and vulnerable in our society also participate in the upcoming elections won’t be met and that is why we write to your esteemed office because these exercises are vital for the continuance of a democratic Zambia but they are not being given the atmost seriousness needed it seems.
An educator once said the death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush but rather a slow extinction resulting from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment and currently such happenings are leading Zambia’s democracy to extinction.
Collective Action Zambia therefore, demands that action be taken as swiftly and as quickly as possible because the stakes are really high. Your ministry needs to, first and foremost, ask the police service to take charge immediately. Secondly, the police service needs to be held accountable for the infringement of rights and its negligence displayed in serving the people of Zambia. Finally the police service should put up measures to ensure this never happens again.
Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us so the ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President, government officials or cadres, but the voters of this country Zambia.
Collective Action Zambia (CAZ)
CC: United Nations (UN),African Union (UN) United Kingdom (UK), Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) United States of America ( USA) European Union (EU)