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.
PF infighting deepens, as Lusambo accuses Miles Sampa of siding with the UPND.
THE infighting in the Patriotic Front (PF) has deepened with former Kabushi Member of Parliament Bowman Lusambo welcoming the decision by the former ruling party to suspend Miles Sampa.
Mr Lusambo said it was immature for Mr Sampa to hold a press conference where he praised President Hakainde Hichilema and accused some PF members of being corrupt.
He said the opposition political party is a membership organization and just like every membership organization,it has a set of rules and principles that binds all its members.
Mr Lusambo said the Matero Mp crossed the line when he started heaping praise on the UPND, claiming the UPND is running a nonfunctional government which has brought misery to Zambians.
“Sampa’s deceitful and self-serving nature is manifesting. They say, just like pregnancy, character is difficult to hide, it always pops up. For all the things my brother Miles Sampa has been through politically, one would have expected, he would have learnt a thing or two. But in his true nature, he fully exposed his political immaturity when he held his so-called press conference last Saturday.
“In a typical Miles Sampa style, went on rampage praising President Hichilema and the UPND and somehow attempted to confirm that some PF Ministers were corrupt,” Mr Lusambo said.
Mr Lusambo has doubted if there is a way back for Mr Sampa into the PF.
“It was however difficult to tell whether he was going or coming but the only thing that was certain from his press conceive was his uncertainty about who he is and what he stands for,” he said.
He has accused Mr Sampa for betraying Zambians by siding with the UPND.
“This is the greatest betrayal of the Zambian people by a person who draws a salary by representing their interests in Parliament. Not only did Miles betray the Zambians, he also poured scorn on thousands of PF members who gave suffered atrocities at the hands of the UPND government,” he charged.
(Mwebantu, Monday, 30th January, 2023)
Chishimba Kambwili goes to court
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.
Davies Mwila writes to the Speaker notify him about the expulsion of Kambwili from PF
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.