BY DAVID KACHESA
The Non-governmental Gender Organizations’ Coordinating Council (NGOCC) has condemned the harassment of a female civil servant at the Ministry of Works and Supply by some Patriotic Front (PF) members on suspicion that she was a member of the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND).
The women’s movement is deeply concerned with the growing culture of impunity by some members of the ruling party. NGOCC says the incident at the Ministry of Works and Supply is not isolated as there have been numerous other cases of PF cadres closing off offices for civil servants in other parts of the country.
NGOCC also says there have also been reports of cadres breaking into radio stations to stop opposition figures from featuring on programs adding that the situation is even worse in market places and bus stations across the country, and women are mostly at the receiving end of these criminal activities.
While noting the corrective measures by both the Government and the PF party over the incident at the Ministry of Works and Supply, NGOCC feels there is urgent need to arrest and address the growing impunity and lawlessness by these cadres.
The movement further says that Zambia is a democratic state which entails that citizens are free to belong to any political party of their choice and while civil servants are forbidden to practice partisan politics, there are laid down procedures to deal with erring officers.
NGOCC has therefore appealed to the leadership of the PF and other political parties to instill discipline in their members especially at this critical time where the nation is preparing for the general elections.
This is contained in a statement issued and made available to Feel Free news by NGOCC Chairperson Mary Mulenga.