SINCE the beginning of this year when the government started excessively pushing back against the opposition and responding to reckless criticism with arrests, we had been advising them that they are actually playing in the hands of their political rivals. In our country, politicians like to woo public support by presenting a narrative that the party in power is oppressive and doesn’t want citizens to hear dissenting views from other leaders. If the party in power does indeed crack down on the opposition in a manner that the UPND had been doing in the past months, the narrative solidifies, making citizens and the international community believe that a dictatorial regime is on the rise in Zambia. What the UPND was...

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