Police stops Fr. Bwalya’s party launch rally

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The Zambian Police has blocked Father Frank Bwalya’s party – Alliance for Better Zambia from going ahead with the rally slated for Kitwe this weekend.

The rally was aimed at launching the Catholic Priest’s party which was registered recently.

“We wish to inform our party members and the general public that the Police Force (PF) in Kitwe has asked us not to go ahead with the public launch of our party this weekend on 27th July 2013,” President Bwalya stated in statement to Zambian Eye  on Wednesday. “The politically motivated reason they have given is that police officers will be in Kafulafuta for the parliamentary by-election 25th July 2013.”

Fr. Bwalya said his party had rescinded its earlier decision that with or without a Police permit they would go ahead with the rally. He said ABZ will not to go ahead with the launch saying they have reliable information of plans by some senior members of a named political party to sponsor thugs and ex-prisoners to disrupt the public launch.

“Their plan is to target helpless women and children and severely beat them up to instill fear so that people would shun future meetings of our party,” Fr. Bwalya explained. “Since our party values human life, peace and social order we have decided to comply with the Police Force (PF) and postpone our public launch.”

The ABZ leader said the party would not want any of its members and supporters to shed blood on a day that they should shed tears of joy.

“We don’t want to have a bloody launch,” he said. “We believe that time is coming soon when we shall be able to enjoy freedom of assembly and expression.”

Fr. Bwalya has urged ABZ members to remain calm and not look at this unfortunate development as a setback but as a pothole that the party should carefully avoid and drive on. He charged that more of such potholes should be expected but assured that ABZ shall conquer.

He has since apologized for the inconvenienced caused to all those that intended to attend the rally.


17 Responses to Police stops Fr. Bwalya’s party launch rally

  1. Ibu ukwa’s PF has really become a weapon of oppression.But full of deliberate mistakes of shooting people with live bullets

    July 24, 2013 at 12:29 pm

  2. Father Bwalya should just buy TV time on ZNBC TV whereon he can launch his Party Live.This will test ZNBC neutrality.

    July 24, 2013 at 12:32 pm

  3. Swallow your pride and form a single opposition party, then only will you make up the numbers to defeat this oppressive regime. For now continue crying.

    July 24, 2013 at 1:24 pm

  4. P. F. stands for Police Force, Project Failed, Power Failure, Patriotic Front, Prodigal Father, etc

    Mr Bush Doctor
    July 24, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    • Backward thinking. Please contribute sensible things that will contribute the country’s development.

      John Chinena
      July 24, 2013 at 4:08 pm

  5. God wil one day change this situation COMPLETELY.
    Thy wil be done on EARTH as it is in HEAVEN.We pray that GOD u wil listen 2 us.
    because its YOU THE ALMIGHTY who said WHATEVER it is WE ASK FROM YOU.We are GRANTED YOU will ANSWER because NO thing made by human beings can be GREATER than YOUR NAME.not even the POLICE FORCE{PF}.


    July 24, 2013 at 2:13 pm

  6. Welcome to Zambia ba Fr.
    We are in shit!

    July 24, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    • DICKtatorship

      July 24, 2013 at 3:35 pm

  7. Some of these online publications can make you think that you are supporting the wrong party, PF.
    This is the reason why I am very careful to analyse some of these stories.

    Mwine mushi 2
    July 24, 2013 at 4:02 pm

  8. Is Zambian Eye and ZWD managed by the same people? How come they block comments that condemn insults of elders, especially those in the PF. If so we will stop visiting it as well just as we stopped reading ZWD.

    John Zulu (in Nyimba)
    July 24, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    • it’s just you who has stopped reading ZWD.Many bloggers still do and it’s even sweeter because each time you access ZWD, you know, you have neaten the chinese at their own game. victory is always sweet.

      July 24, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    • Its only who doesn’t read watchdog. Infact insult on pF are in order going by fact that sata can go on a Rally to insult other party leaders.

      July 25, 2013 at 5:39 am

    • Ba John Zulu, what do you mean ati “we have stopped reading ZWD”? It is only you that has stopped, some of us are still reading it. Just say if you are failing to access it, we will show you how.

      TH 14
      July 25, 2013 at 11:38 am

  9. Sata’s GOONS at it again. Father Bwalya with or without Kafulafuta elections, the PF Police will make sure u do not launch your party.

    They will always come up with a silly excuse. Does it mean all the Police will be in kafulafuta including paras?????

    PF Police just didn’t want ABZ to go ahead with their launch.

    Mpangula Mputyu
    July 24, 2013 at 7:13 pm

  10. It must be very painful for father Bwalya. The way you harrassed fellow opposition parties when you were in PF. You were so blind you could not see the potential intolerance for democracy in PF in the control of state machinery (mainly police, judiciary). I had a gutt feeling they would not tolerate opposition political parties becuase of their strong bonds in UNIP. Anyway, this is is being harshly experienced by NAREP, ABZ, UPND, MMD which still believe there is multipartism in Zambia. FDD, ADD, and others are already brain dead – your do not hear from them. At least the General writes very sensible articles, but do PF bother to read them? Well, at least those who do not have own views can pick one or two from Heritage Party’s paper criticism from the comport of a leaving room.

    Hope PF should really work harder on development projects to compensate some of us from taking away our freedom to chose from a variety of divergent views as our fellow human beings in USA, Australia, Botswana have – it is called multiparty democracy. In Zambia it is stone called dead, at least for now and the next 4 years.

    Mind what you write
    July 25, 2013 at 8:14 am


    July 25, 2013 at 11:05 am

  12. Fyabupuba ba PF mulekenifye umunenu ata amano yambwa…!

    July 25, 2013 at 2:23 pm

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