Zambians expressed their anger and dismay over all acts of government corruption when hundreds of people wearing yellow T-shirts rallied on Saturday, July 20th, in Zambia’s capital Lusaka. The rally kicks off a campaign against corruption in President Edgar Lungu’s government, AFP reported.
The protesters, led by prominent anti-graft activists Laura Miti and musician Pilato (also known as Chama Fumba), picketed outside the parliament, singing anti-government songs and waving yellow cards.
According to LusakaTmes.com, All People Congress Leader Mason Msoni expressed that Zambians are fatigued by the unending corruption in President Edgar Lungu’s government, adding that the presidents’ lack of political will to help tackle corruption and his continued shielding of criminal suspects still serving in government has made the fight against graft extremely difficult for law enforcement officers.
Additionally, the leader of a non-profit organisation, Alliance for Community Action, Miti, said that the yellow card campaign is the begging in a series of actions they are planning to take, adding that they will not stand and watch their country being destroyed, according to AFP.
Both Miti and Pilato were arrested last year for picketing outside parliament over the procurement of 42 fire engines at the cost of $1 million each, seen as emblematic of the corruption fostered by Lungu. Moreover, during the protest on Saturday, Pilato warned: “if we refuse to defend Zambia today, there won’t be Zambia tomorrow.”
Msoni also added “We should all frown upon the corrupt and denounce perpetrators in the strongest terms as opposed to hero-worshipping criminals and offering them support in droves when escorting them to court”, LusakaTimes.com reported.
Furthermore, In January 2018, foreign affairs minister Harry Kalaba resigned in protest, citing “swelling” corruption in government ranks “perpetrated by those who are expected to be the solution.” Former minister for social services Emerine Kabanshi is due in court next month for corruption charges over allegations that led Britain to suspend aid to Zambia last year, AFP reported.