Campaign period is not free and fair
One could be excused for believing that democracy is no more in Zambia. At least judging from the campaign material plastered across Lusaka. Having just arrived from abroad, I had the surreal experience of driving through a capital clad only in green. There are very few traces of any opposition, and almost none of the UPND, the main threat to the ruling party’s continued stay in office. Everywhere you look there are green PF billboards, green PF posters, green PF flags, green PF campaign cars and people clad in green PF chitenge, T-shirts and hats. There are very few red, yellow or blue dots in the campaign landscape. Presumably, the ruling party’s cadres have taken it upon themselves to obliterate any signs of the opposition in the upcoming elections. The campaign period can certainly not be said to be free and fair. Let’s hope the elections will be different.
Camilla Hebo Buus, Editor Zambia Weekly