UPND is anxiously waiting for the Commonwealth findings
UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema says his party is anxiously waiting for the Commonwealth report on the investigations they recently carried out in Zambia over the alleged abuses of human rights by the Patriotic Front government.
Speaking in an interview with Qfm news, Mr. Hichilema said people should not worry about sanctions because sanctions are imposed on specific individuals at the center of human rights abuses and the disregard of the rule of law.
Mr. Hichilema said some individuals are trying to make people fearful by suggesting that the opposition is asking for sanctions by petitioning the Commonwealth to intervene in the purported atrocities in Zambia.
The UPND leader has further dispelled assertions by Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba who was recently quoted in some sections of the media as having said the commonwealth envoys that came to Zambia to carry out an investigation found nothing relating to human rights abuses.
He said the Commonwealth delegates have not yet compiled a report on their findings adding that the PF want to create an impression that they are innocent.
Mr. Hichilema added that Zambians must therefore wait for the Commonwealth to compile their report.
Last month Zambia’s opposition leaders called for a suspension of Zambia from the Commonwealth, accusing President Michael Sata of stifling democracy.
The leaders of several opposition parties and civil society groups gathered in Johannesburg to make the call, claiming it was now impossible for them to operate normally in Zambia.
They called “for the provisional suspension of Zambia from the Commonwealth pending investigation” into rights abuses.
Nigeria, Pakistan, Zimbabwe and Fiji have previously been expelled from the 54-nation bloc.