Socialist Party officially launched in Zambia

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Source: Socialist Party of Zambia / The Dawn News / December 8, 2017

Last month on November 16, activists officially announced that they were launching a new revolutionary political formation called the Socialist Party of Zambia. Though it was only officially announced recently, the party is the result of years of grassroots organizing and building up power within the party itself.

The primary goal of the party is to organize the Zambian working class and build “a just socialist society in which equal opportunities for all and a guarantee of democratic rights will clear the way for ending social and economic discrimination and exploitation. It will be a society in which the wealth produced by the toiling masses will not be appropriated by a few.”

The party recognizes that the Marxist-Leninist ideology is very important to understand their current challenges and to chart the path towards a socialist future, but they highlight the need for a pan-africanist perspective.

The creation of the Socialist Party of Zambia is a historic event, especially given the amount of tension of the current political context and heavy-handed state repression against political dissidence. For example, in June of 2016 the Zambian government closed the outspoken left-wing media outlet The Post Newspaper over a supposed million dollar tax discrepancy and days later arrested three major members of The Post, effectively shutting down the 25 year old newspaper. Here Ernest Chanda analyzes this repressive political climate.

Click here to read the full statement from the Socialist Party of Zambia.

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