ZCID says MMD ban is a threat to democracy
The Zambia Centre for Inter Party Dialogue (ZCID) says the decision by the Registrar of Society to de-registrar the MMD is a threat to the country's democracy.
ZCID Executive Director, Horrance Chilando has since advised the Registrar of Society to rescind its decision and find other amicable ways of resolving the matter.
He said ZCID supports the use of dialogue in resolving important national matters to promote democracy and foster development.
He also questions why the Registrar of Society had to take over 20 years to realize that the former ruling party was in arrears.
Mr. Chilando said in a statement that it does not make any sense for the Registrar of society of society to wait all these years to take a decision.
He said no democratic system can function without alternative parties and candidates adding that parties are crucial in aggregating interests, and presenting alternatives to citizens.
The ZCID Executive Director also stated that political parties plays a central role in generating cadres of leaders who promote democratic governance principals and monitor elected representative.
Mr. Chilando has since called on all well meaning democrats to stand up and defend the democratic institutions.
He has also called for a stop to the habit of using the law to fix political opponent stating that this is taking the country back in dark days of third term era which saw the beginning of the down fall of the former ruling party.
He has since advised the Patriotic Front (PF) government to learn a lesson from MMD and not be led into the same trap.
Mr. Chilando reiterated that vindictiveness has no plans in a democratic society and should as such be condemned.