Zambia’s senior citizens and freedom fighters have released statement sharing their views of the current political situation in Zambia. The group have stated they are deeply unhappy and ‘find the current political situation unhealthy, unpleasant and a threat to the very foundation of our country’s core values.’
They have listed a number of concerns including the increasing culture of fear and silence emerging among citizens on many national issues, the breakdown of the rule of law, the absence of separation of powers among the three arms of state and constitutionalism in the country and increasing intolerance and disrespect in our society and the declining and shrinking democratic, political, civic, and media spaces in our country.
They were particularly upset by the manner in which HH and the presidential petition have been handled.
The Freedom fighters noted: ‘It is also our considered view that the recent judgment by the magistrate court in the case of using insulting language involving Mr. Hakainde Hichilema and others, is a cause for serious soul searching among the leadership of the Zambia Police Service and the National Prosecution Authority (NPA). The judgment has clearly exposed the incompetence and unprofessional conduct of some officers from the two institutions. The judgment has further brought to the fore the inherent credibility deficiencies of some of our men and women in uniform in the discharge of their duties. This judgment has brought a ray of hope in the independence and credibility of our judiciary, which is at its lowest ebb in terms of public confidence and trust.’
They have put forward a series of requests, which they believe will help rebuild the country namely to release Hakainde Hichilema, ‘as a prelude to peace and national reconciliation, together with other political prisoners like Hon Obvious Mwaliteta among others, currently being held at various detention and other correctional facilities across the country immediately;’