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Human Rights Commission condemns the attack of UPND mourners by PF cadres

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HUMAN Rights Commission (HRC) has condemned the attack of mourners at Lusaka’s Memorial Park on Saturday, 24th June,2017 and calls for political leadership to end the escalating violation of human rights and freedoms through organised political violence.

“It is a great national shame that bereaved families and individuals are not only deprived of their right to mourn and put to rest their departed ones in peace, but are subjected to politically- motivated physical violence, theft and destruction of their properties at a graveyard! Mourning and burial places should be sacred places of grieving and consoling those suffering from the loss of their departed beloved ones”.

ZANIS reports that  Human Rights Commission spokesperson Mweetwa Muleya said in a statement that  the attack of mourners by political cadres at Memorial Park in Lusaka must be condemned as a cold-hearted and criminal political behaviour.

The Commission calls upon the police to thoroughly investigate the unfortunate incident at Memorial Park, arrest and prosecute the culprits without fear or favour.

The spokesperson said his Commission wishes to reiterate that the continued political hostility between the Patriotic endangering the maintenance of peace, law and order as well as grossly undermining the promotion and protection of fundamental human rights and freedoms.

It was high time the nation reached a consensus that there was destructive tension in the country that required urgent attention in order to restore a peaceful environment for everyone regardless of their political beliefs and association, he said.

“ There is danger that if the current lawlessness is not effectively addressed, cadres will soon have the audacity to start invading public places of work and business, as well as private places such as homes to attack perceived political opponents, “ he said.

Mr. Muleya said that that the  Rights Commission is concerned that such an environment of breakdown of law and order will make it extremely difficult to protect human rights.

It is a well- known fact that political violence is an organised crime which has been increasingly applied as a strategy of promoting and maintaining political hegemony since the run up to Zambia’s 2016 general elections, he said.

There is need for leaders across the political divide to accept to be held accountable for the atrocities committed by their members and start taking practical good faith efforts towards stopping their members from engaging in criminal acts.

He added that statements of accusations and counter accusations from political leaders without reprimanding their cadres engaging in violence fall far too short of the required leadership to redress the current wave of violence the country is experiencing.

“In fact, such statements only serve to send a clear message that cadres engaged in political violence have the approval of their respective party leadership, thereby creating a vicious cycle of violence through retaliations”.

Mr. Muleya added that his Commission  was therefore calling  for genuine and effective leadership in promoting the spirit of co-existence, respect and protection of all forms of diversity that are fundamental to a pluralistic and democratic society.

Government has an obligation to facilitate political dialogue because dialogue is a necessary quality of good governance through moderating excessive divergent views that are inevitable in a multi-party democracy, he said.

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Chishimba Kambwili goes to court

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EXPELLED ruling Patriotic Front (PF) Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili has challenged the decision of the ruling party to expel him as its member in court.

And Speaker of the National Assembly Dr. Patrick Matibini has written to the ruling party informing them that Mr Kambwili has challenged his expulsion in Court.

The former Information and Broadcasting Services Minister and his former Copperbelt counterpart Mwenya Musenge were expelled from the PF on Saturday, 22nd, July, 2017 after a PF MCC meeting.

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Davies Mwila writes to the Speaker notify him about the expulsion of Kambwili from PF

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PATRIOTIC Front (PF) Secretary General Davies Mwila has written to the Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Patrick Matibini notifying him about the expulsion of Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili from the party.

In exercise of his powers under the Party Constitution, Mwila has also written two letters of expulsion from the party to Kambwili and Mwenya Musenge.

Mwila has stated that the decision to expel the duo was in line with the disciplinary powers vested in the Central Committee under the Party Constitution.

“I write to inform you that by virtue of the disciplinary powers vested in the Central Committee under the Party Constitution, it was decided by the Central Committee to expel you from membership of the Patriotic Front effective 22nd July 2017,” read the letters in part.

“After deliberations by the Central Committee, in exercise of its powers of original jurisdiction under regulation 37(b), the Central Committee found you in violation of paragraph’s (c), (d) (h), (i), (n) and (p) of the Regulation 29.”

Kambwili and Musenge have also been advised to hand over all party property in their possession if there is any.

He has since wished the duo all the best in their future endeavors.

This was contained in a statement availed to Mwebantu by PF media Director Sunday Chanda.

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HAKAINDE HICHILEMA: No one person is bigger than Zambia; we should put all our differences aside and work for the common good

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UPND President Hakainde Hichilema says it is time for the opposition and the ruling political party to put their differences aside and hold unconditional dialogue.

Hichilema says those that want to put conditions should be left behind and that those that wish for the dialogue should convene and find solutions to problems that are affecting Zambians.

“It’s time we had dialogue, unconditional dialogue. We are nationalists’ dear colleagues, these are times when we should put all our differences aside and work for the common good. If others are putting conditions, they can be left behind and let those that are willing, who are the majority anyway, convene and find solutions to problems that are affecting us as a country,” Hichilema says.

Hichilema says UPND is not interested in the Government of National Unit (GNU) because those terms are used for failed states.

“This is not time to be talking about Governments of National Unit (GNU), those terms are used for failed states. And UPND will not be interested in such a government,” he says.

“The PF and UPND are sitting on opposite sides of the political ideology, how can someone even think of such a thing? For the record it is not UPND that mentioned such a thing and we are not interested.”

He says that no one person is bigger than Zambia, hence the need to start dialogue immediately.

“As UPND we are not putting any conditions to any dialogue, all we are interested in is that the country must begin to talk,” Hichilema adds.

A talking country is a progressive country. Colleagues, I leave it to you out there to actualise the dialogue with whoever is interested and UPND stands ready to lead the coalition of the willing if the Government is not interested.”

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