“The intimidation is incessant and has major effects; Law enforcement agencies including the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA), the police, the Drug Enforcement Commission and the intelligence are used to curtail the freedom of assembly and association, police arrests and intimidation against the opposition, the public media are used as vehicles of personal slander and hate speeches...Government programmes are abused for campaign purposes even before the commencement, before announcement of election date. And of late, government and ruling party-induced physical violence is used to disrupt operations and programmes of opposition parties. Recent cases bear evidence of this. All these methods which are against the electoral legislation are used to cripple the opposition especially their leadership.”
Another revealing response from Mr Michael Sata at Oxford University. It is all too easy to criticise our opposition for failing to score points in some areas, but we must always maintain perspective. In Zambia, and much of Southern Africa, the ruling party uses all the machinery of government and directs its at the opposition. There's a good reason why one must stretch their memory far back to remember the last time an opposition party triumphed in the SADC region.