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Unruly PF cadres must be put in check – FODEP

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Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) has appealed to the governing Patriotic Front (PF) to address the continued harassment of public officers by its cadres.

In a Press Statement released today March 21, FODEP has expressed concern on the continued harassment of District Commissioners (DC) and Council Secretaries by suspected PF cadres.

“In as much as we appreciate the provision of the PF constitution which states in Article 3 that, ‘the Party shall ensure that all the public institutions, State-owned enterprises and popular mass and similar organizations are led by persons who are members of the Party and who are uncompromisingly committed to achievements of the Party’  the continued locking up public offices by PF cadres whenever they have grievances against certain public officials is unacceptable and a sign of bad governance,” reads part of the FODEP statement.

Suspected PF cadres have recently harassed and locked out DCs of Chirundu and Mazabuka whilst in Mkushi it has been the District Council’s Secretary.

The statement that was signed by FODEP Executive Director, McDonald Chipenzi, says that such kind of behaviour is detrimental to achieving good governance and meaning development.

FODEP expresses surprise that the Zambia Police has not acted on the unruly behavior of the PF cadres that disrupt public peace and order.

Below is the full statement:

Press Statement

Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) is deeply concerned with the continued harassment of district commissioners and council secretaries by the suspected PF Cadres.

The unclear disciplinary procedures in the PF government against perceived erring public workers such as district commissioners and council secretaries should be addressed quickly by authorities.

In as much as we appreciate the provision of the PF constitution which states in Article 3 that, “the Party shall ensure that all the public institutions, State-owned enterprises and popular mass and similar organizations are led by persons who are members of the Party and who are uncompromisingly committed to achievements of the Party” the continued locking up public offices by PF cadres whenever they have grievances against certain public officials is unacceptable and a sign of bad governance.

Examples are abounding of public offices, among them Chirundu District Commissioner’s office, Mazabuka District Commissioner’s office and Mkushi District Council Secretary’s office, which have been closed by cadres clad in PF regalia on account that they were not happy with the manner the occupants were administering the public affairs in their respective areas.  These officials have remained vulnerable to cadres’ wrath without any protection from the appointing authority.

This kind of governance is detrimental to achieving good governance and meaningful development in the country. We appeal to the Local Service Commission to protect their people before they are de-moralized from the being harassed by the cadres.  President Sata, as the appointing authority of the DCs and President of the cadres harassing and haranguing his appointees should equally intervene by offering guidance on the right disciplinary procedures to be followed when disappointing district commissioners.

Further, FODEP is surprised at the failure by Zambia Police Force to arrest such unruly cadres disrupting public peace and order by locking up public offices without authority depriving citizens the much needed services is worrying and vindicates those alleging that the Police are highly compromised.

 

Signed:

McDonald Chipenzi

Executive Director

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