Prominent Lusaka lawyer and opposition United Liberal Party leader Sakwiba Sikota has urged the ruling Patriotic Front to respect the existence of opposition political parties in the country.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Qfm News, Mr. Sikota says recent attempts by government to instill fear in the opposition will be an exercise in futility.
Mr. Sikota says Zambians must not allow any individual to turn the country into a Police state adding that modern politics calls for collaboration between competitors.
He states that if Zambia is to thrive democratically, political stakeholders must be committed to ensuring that they respect one another and engage in constructive debates on issues of national importance.
Mr. Sikota has therefore urged government to be accommodative of ideas from the opposition adding that doing so is the only way the country is going to attain meaningful development.
He points out that the interests of the majority Zambians who are desperately in need of development should be above the political divide.