As the Patriotic Front government in Zambia has hit its halfway mark into its first term in the presidency, Movement of Multiparty Democracy (MMD) President Nevers Mumba has published an aggressive open letter to President Michael Sata, alleging that his ministers have led the government astray, and that the PF has abandoned the people that brought them to power.
According to Mumba, the PF government has drowned Zambia in “unsustainable debt” by borrowing up to $11 billion in just three years, compared to a total debt of only $7 billion in the previous 35 years of UNIP and MMD governments.
“Your Minister of Finance has alienated you from all forward looking Zambians who understand the damage your government is causing to the economy,” Mumba writes to Sata. “All this at exorbitant interest rates of 8 percent in regard to international debt and 17 percent in respect to domestic debt. This is unacceptable given the fact that other countries are borrowing at less than 3 or 2 percent on the international market while, we as MMD were borrowing at less than 9 percent on the domestic market.”
Mumba also points the finger at Sata’s Minister of Home Affairs in the wake of several incidences of political violence, as cadres belong to the ruling party have attacked two opposition figures in the past week, with no action by the police to halt the intimidation.
“There has been no statement from State House condemning these acts,” Mumba writes, referring to the PF cadre attacks against UPND President Hakainde Hichilema and ABZ President Frank Bwalya. “Your Minister of Home Affairs has failed you and has by so doing made you, Mr. President a candidate for the Hague.”
The open letter asks President Sata to “deal with this crisis your government has created and face the reality that the nation is headed in the wrong direction.”
Mumba goes further to call for the holding of an “Insaka” with diverse stakeholders in order to reach agreement on divisive issues as one united nation.