CHAPTER One Foundation (COF) says Zambia has experienced a rapid weakening of the democratic system, which includes increased limitations of freedoms of expression and assembly in the past 10 years. In a statement, Thursday, Chapter One Foundation executive director Linda Kasonde observed that this year’s Independence Day celebration came at a time when most citizens were losing hope in the State’s ability to protect Zambians. “For most of our independence, Zambia has been a beacon of peace and democracy. We have exemplified peaceful transitions of power on the African continent, whilst setting a strong foundation to build accountable and responsive systems of governance. Over the last 10 years, Zambia has experienced a rapid weakening of its democratic system. This includes…...

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