Statement On The Ill-Conceived Agenda Of The Newly Formed OCIDA


June 26, 2020

Zambian DNA welcomes the newly formed Our Civic Duty Association (OCIDA) as it demonstrates not only the growth of democratic space but also enhanced freedoms of expression and association under the leadership of President Edgar Lungu.

However, the formation of OCIDA or the so-called third force is a scheme orchestrated by President Lungu’s enemies to scale-up their aggressive agitation for a regime change ahead of 2021.

OCIDA’s main objectives such as anti-Tonga-Lozi, Northwest tribalism, corruption fight and other governance issues are used as scapegoats to disguise their secret and selfish agenda to agitate for a regime change.

OCIDA is part of a series of a scheme orchestrated to not only paint President Lungu black, erode the Zambian people’s confidence in him, but also influence public perception on the Republican President’s leadership style.

OCIDA is disguised in anti–Tonga-Lozi, Northwest tribalism fight deliberately to incite the Tonga, Lozi and North westerners to rise against government as well as vigorously campaign for UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema as the preferred presidential candidate for 2021 polls.

Zambians will recall that the US Government through the Millennium Challenge Report rated the Government’s corruption fight and other governance issues highly.

And just recently the Institute for Economics and Peace ranked Zambian as the most peaceful country in Africa, and 44th in the world.

The composition of old and retired faces of senior citizens in OCIDA tells it all- the famous critics of President Lungu have regrouped to amplify their voice, and use the newly found organization to aggressively agitate for a regime change.

In view of the foregoing, we urge the Zambian people to be wary of such senior citizens who do not mean well for the country, and rally behind President Lungu as he navigates the country to greater heights and leads the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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