Chifire, one of the few civil society organisations that have not traded their standing for financial gains, said Zambian President Michael Sata and the Patriotic Front Government had awfully failed to govern the country.
He has since asked President Sata to consider stepping down to pave way for fresh elections.
“Yes, holding elections is very expensive, but the supervision of the PF government is even more expensive.
“Zambians are frustrated by the failure by the PF government to honour its campaign promises.
Unemployment levels are still very high, no single job has been created so far other than those for close relatives, friends and tribes men of the ruling class, no medicines in hospitals, levels of corruption getting worse, human rights and freedoms facing an increase in suppression, poverty levels getting worse and the worrying collapse in the governance system,” he said.
Chifire said the PF government qualified to be a ‘Gong’a’ (fake).
“Zambians feel cheated and tricked and are now exhibiting a sense of regret for having voted for PF. They have now realized that voting for PF was like jumping from a frying pan into the fire,” he stated.
Chifire, whose Committee of Citizens organization has suffered vilifications and his life threatened by state police, said the comparison of the MMD’s 20-year-old rule and that of PF was appalling.
“The PF has exhibited a very inferior caliber of leadership, shallow policies and hollow promises that risk taking this country 20 years backwards,” he said.
Like the MMD, Chifire’s organization was recently deregistration, but he has fearlessly stood to condemn the cruelty of the PF government even at the risk of his family.
“The previous MMD government left a well defined fiscal and monitory policy, with over $2.6 billion in foreign reserve, a stable exchange rate and progressive development plans. In contrast, in just about 9 months, the PF government has depleted the foreign reserves to alarming levels, destabilized our local currency and introduced weak and unreliable “monitory and fiscal policies.
“Under the guardianship of the PF government, our country risks losing trillions of Kwacha through corruption, mismanagement and investment flight. Only those in the corridors of power will benefit while the poor will get poorer,” he boldly stated.
Chifire said considering the unimpressive record of performance, President Sata and the PF government should be magnanimous by resigning and calling for fresh elections.