A statement released by the worldwide Catholic charitable organization, Caritas, asked "Do we still have a functioning state?" in reference to the continuing lack of security in Zambia. The agency is concerned over the deterioration of the functions of the government of the east African nation. "The level of chaos, hooliganism and lawlessness in Zambia has reached such unprecedented levels that one would be right to question whether there is still a functioning government in our Country", the document states.
"The dangerous part of this situation is that the political party in power, the Patriotic Front (PF), which in 2011 was elected by the people to guarantee their rights, peace and security, is deeply at the center of these problems", emphasizes the statement.
Infighting between factions of the PF are no longer a merely partisan issue, argued the Caritas statement, and now involves the entire Zambian nation. The "disruption of normal life, violence against innocent people and the stealing of private property are not the reasons why Zambians elected the PF Party in 2011."
"All this is happening in an environment where the majority poor can hardly have access to food, health care and jobs".
"There is clearly a lack of leadership in the ruling party that could have forestalled the current problems. Political leaders themselves are at the center of confusion".
The illegal occupation of land by members of the Patriotic Front, the controversy concerning the disapproval of a law permitting freedom of expression, as well as the postponing of the approval of the new Constitution, are serving to increase the tension in the country, according to local observers.