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Statement of the Socialist Party on the UPND led Opposition Alliance

Statement of the Socialist Party on the UPND led Opposition Alliance

The Socialist Party is not going to join the UPND led Opposition Alliance.

And we have not been invited to do so – probably because our colleagues in the UPND and other opposition political parties know our principled position on this score.

While the UPND and its allies, together with the Patriotic Front, are seeking to entrench capitalism in Zambia, our objective is to build a totally different type of society anchored on justice, equity and peace and on the values of honesty, humility and solidarity – a socialist Zambia.

For all their differences, quarrels or squabbles and mock engagements, there’s more in common between the UPND led Opposition Alliance and the Patriotic Front – which are all pro-capitalist political parties – than they can ever individually or collectively have with us.

For them winning elections is everything; for us it can never be political alliances just for sake of winning elections. We can only join political alliances for socialism and the struggle for a more progressive, just, fair and humane world.

We will, however, respectfully cooperate, work together with our colleagues in the UPND and other opposition political parties to remove the cruel, tyrannical and despotic impediments placed by the Patriotic Front and its government on the holding of free, fair and peaceful elections in Zambia.

Issued by Fred M’membe on behalf of the Politburo of the Socialist Party

Sunday, March 24, 2019
21:56 hours

Garden Compound,
Lusaka.

General Secretary’s international Women’s Day message

General Secretary’s international Women’s Day message

From: Socialist Party General Secretary, Comrade Cosmas Musumali

To: Socialist Women’s League

Dear Comrades, I would like to wish you a revolutionary International Women’s Day.

As revolutionaries, let us not lose sight of the history connected to this day, and how its commemoration is borne from a deep desire by women to free themselves from patriarchy and class-based oppression within the capitalist system.

This day came up from the working class women of the U.S.A. They could no longer tolerate the levels of patriarchy and capitalist exploitation directed at them for merely being women. The International Women’s Day also bears the hallmark of the women of the Tsarist Russia, whose wave of protestations against bread-related issues, led to the 1917 Russian Revolution.

With the increased levels of economic exploitation, patriarchal marginalisation, globally, high levels of political and gender-based violence in Zambia, it is only appropriate that we commemorate this day by maintaining that revolutionary legacy.

Let us extend solidarity to the needy and marginalised people in our communities. A visit to one detained at a correctional facility or a lonely brother or sister admitted to a health facility, for instance, is sufficient revolutionary solidarity which speaks to our humanity and our programme of Justice, Equity and Peace (JEP).

The revolutionary path the Zambian working masses have embarked upon through the Socialist Party can only become a reality if women lead the class struggle against and if they also take each day as Women’s Day.

Long live the socialist revolutionary women.

Press Statement for immediate release and circulation.

Press Statement for immediate release and circulation.

For some time now, The Zambian Observer has carried articles crediting me, Fred M’membe, which I have not written. A strange but worrying pattern.
Until now, I have not complained about the Zambian Observer’s knack for publishing falsehoods under my name. We had hoped their figment of imagination would have an end!
But their propensity to slander me is getting out of hand.
The Zambian Observer’s conduct is not a mistake. It is a premeditated activity whose motive they themselves know. It’s not just unprofessional, unethical but it’s both immoral and dirty.
It cannot continue. Don’t go all the length to destroy the noble platform and profession of journalism because doing so will rob the human race greatly.
I have not authored the article circulating in the Zambian Observer under the headline: A Must Read: The truth Fred M’membe voices out.
We urge the Zambian Observer to observe clearly and report truth.
It doesn’t hurt to cultivate news and inform our citizens but please don’t use my name for the sake of your circulation and capital.

Issued by Fred M’membe
18:18 hours
Lusaka.

Statement of the Socialist Party on the National Dialogue and Reconciliation initiative by the Church.

Statement of the Socialist Party on the National Dialogue and Reconciliation initiative by the Church.

From the very moment the Socialist Party received an invitation to attend the preliminary meeting of the stakeholders to the National Dialogue and Reconciliation process, we did not hesitate for a second to embrace both the need for these talks and the spirit of the letter from the conveners – the Church.
And we issued a press statement in which we categorically stated our belief that national dialogue deserves our attention as a tool with the potential to facilitate peaceful political transformation while recognising that it is not a magic wand in itself.
Clearly, even those who defend the status quo – which for a moment benefits them – do appreciate the need to attend to a number of conflict-fuelling themes of political rights, basic freedoms, institutional reforms, election procedures, above all the need to have a Constitution that befits a multiparty democratic dispensation.
And we believe a national dialogue process, devoid of shadow boxing and other ulterior motives, should provide for substantive conversation around the major grievances of all key interest groups as well as the national good.
The nation for once needs civility, humility and selflessness. Let us all set aside the fears of losing power, mirroring dialogue to regime change, having preconceptions, or setting it as a means to electoral win or loss.
The world over, where need be – dialogue has been used to hear voices and possibilities. Why? It’s because it can encompass tensions and paradoxes – the only way to reach decisions that are acceptable to everybody. And Zambia today needs these means to avoid, or resolve, conflict.
Everyone, whether in denial or for the sake of it, once they hibernate; by themselves – reckon that what separates democracy from other political philosophies is the principle and practice of solving differences first and foremost through dialogue. So why derail or attempt to put bottlenecks to the process that seeks to cleanse our nation of its vices, weaknesses?
We cannot endure the status quo any more than we have already done. We seek to transform the current conflictive political and social environment, relationships and enhance governance.
We are alive to the fact this dialogue cannot hold unless there’s a safe space in which the actors can interact with trust and respect. What the nation desires is a dialogue that consolidates the participation of social, economic, political, cultural, and institutional actors. One that strengthens the values of democracy and fosters actions that are more inclusive and sustainable.
For this to happen, the convenors should be respected by the majority of citizens and should not have any political aspirations or goals that would present an obvious conflict of interest.
And the Church has the long-standing moral authority and broad constituent bases to lead this long overdue process in our country.
None of the Bishops or individual three church mother bodies is seeking political power. It has nothing to gain politically out of this dialogue save the preservation of peace, societal stability, and safeguarding the path to sustainable development.
We cannot wait until the obtaining violent political winds degenerate and envelop the entire fabric of society for all political actors to see sense to put off all these red lights flashing in our faces.
Accept that in a multiparty democratic dispensation change of government through elections is unavoidable – it is the essence of plural, multiparty politics.
Just as there will be generational change of leaders, governments will fall, be voted out. At times a ruling party will have an internal leadership contest which ushers in new leadership.
The abuse of the public order Act, the police, the courts, electoral process and the current Constitution that is full of lacunas – are all but premised on the principle or desire to perpetuate the PF’s hold on power. But it will not work.
Rise from your comfort zone, come to the dialogue table. Let us get away from pettiness. We have a country to lead, a people to serve. The choking poverty is not simple statistics; these are our fellow citizens enduring the direct effects of poor and indifferent leadership.

Issued by Dr Fred M’membe on behalf of the Politburo of Socialist Party ( Zambia),

22:42 hours
Lusaka

Statement of the Socialist Party (Zambia) on the United  States coup against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

Statement of the Socialist Party (Zambia) on the United States coup against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

On Wednesday United States President Donald Trump declared:
“Today, I am officially recognizing the President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the Interim President of Venezuela.  In its role as the only legitimate branch of government duly elected by the Venezuelan people, the National Assembly invoked the country’s Constitution to declare Nicolas Maduro illegitimate, and the office of the presidency therefore vacant.  The people of Venezuela have courageously spoken out against Maduro and his regime and demanded freedom and the rule of law.
I will continue to use the full weight of United States economic and diplomatic power to press for the restoration of Venezuelan democracy.  We encourage other Western Hemisphere governments to recognize National Assembly President Guaido as the Interim President of Venezuela, and we will work constructively with them in support of his efforts to restore constitutional legitimacy.  We continue to hold the illegitimate Maduro regime directly responsible for any threats it may pose to the safety of the Venezuelan people.”
As interim president Guaido noted yesterday: “Violence is the usurper’s weapon; we only have one clear action: to remain united and firm for a democratic and free Venezuela.”

We all know how the many years of the Yankee strategies in Venezuela has led to a polarized society.
Any military strategy to oust the legitimately elected government of President Nicolas Maduro will nothing but lead to a long and bloody civil conflict in Venezuela.
And this has always been the US panacea wherever it has economic interests.
Access to oil and various other natural resources that the empire needs to satisfy its huge consumeristic appetite has led to nasty military interventions.
You can list the blood coups and regime change strategies that have left nothing but total havoc in many countries among them: Iraq – Desert Storm and toppling of Saddam Hussein, Libya – the intervention and assassination of Muamar Gaddafi, the Patrice Lumumba assassination and instability in the mineral rich DRC, the bloody Chilean coup that toppled Salvador Allende, the military regimes in Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Nicaragua, Guatemala, etc.
In all those instances, Washington via the CIA had a hand and several US transnational corporations had or have vested interests.
Certainly, the Donald Trump administration has revived the doctrine that sees Latin America and the Caribbean region as its backyard. This cannot be tolerated. That doctrine must be confined to the 20th century gun-boat diplomacy.
President Maduro’s crime has been his refusal to submit to fascist interests. He has resolutely stood for national interests; distributing national resources for restoration of socio-economic benefit of Venezuelans – giving the nation its dignity.
Washington has never recognized an administration that does not submit to right-wing interests.
Trump and his Vice-President Mike Pence’s recognition of Juan Guaido as interim Venezuelan president is nothing but an American-led coup against a constitutional government of President Maduro.
We call on all civilized nations and leaders to reject and condemn this US coup in Venezuela and defend that country’s independence.
Trump’s government and its Washington lackeys are the usurpers of power in Venezuela.
With the stance taken by the empire, their evil motive and schemes over Venezuela has been unmasked.
Only last week, President Maduro observed that “We are in a better position to confront the cut throat battle against international sanctions that have cost Venezuela losses of some 20 billion dollars in 2018 alone. It is savage persecution. I am intent on raising oil production, increasing Venezuela’s petrochemical capacity, the production of gold, of diamonds, of coltan, iron, steel, aluminum, etc. – riches that the country has, and raw materials that have an open international market, despite the extensive international persecution decreed by the US.”
Again, we stand in solidarity with President Maduro, all Venezuelan revolutionaries and people in the defence of their Revolution and homeland’s sovereignty.

Statement issued by Dr Fred M’membe on behalf of the Politburo of the Socialist Party (Zambia)

09:19 hours
Mwika Royal Village
Nkulungwe
Chinsali