President Michael Sata responds to LAZ President
President Michael Sata has advised Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) president James Banda to desist from deliberately misleading the country on matters of governance.
In a press statement released to the media by his Special Assistant for Press and public relations George Chellah, Mr Sata observed that there was a rising trend by Mr Banda to issue political and unwarranted statements by purposely interpreting speeches from the Executive out of context.
Below is the full statement.
For Immediate Release
PRESIDENT SATA RESPONDS TO MR. JAMES BANDA
LUSAKA, Friday, March 15, 2013 – His Excellency, Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata, President of the Republic of Zambia, has advised Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) president Mr. James Banda to desist from deliberately misleading the country on matters of governance.
President Sata said there is a rising trend by Mr. Banda to issue political and unwarranted statements by purposely interpreting speeches from the Executive out of context.
“As Head of State, I am certain that I appointed a professional Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) who has been allowed to execute his tasks professionally. And we are comforted by the fact that there are some leaders within the opposition such as Mazabuka UPND Member of Parliament Hon. Garry Nkombo, who have publicly appreciated the professional manner in which this office has acted thus far,” President Sata said.
“Mr. Banda should realize that we are fully aware of our duties and limitations as prescribed by the Constitution; no wonder the DPP is able to act as professionally as we believe he is acting because we are not interfering in his job. Moreover, as the Executive we are equally entitled to complain on a matter of public interest especially when we believe there are alleged criminal activities, which we feel should be pursued; and this certainly does not amount to giving an order to the esteemed office of the DPP.”
The President advised Mr. Banda to show leadership and halt this increasing tendency of deliberate distortions because a sober and sincere analysis of important national matters is required from him as an individual and the organization he represents.
“We deserve clear and factual guidance whenever we are being criticized and not opinions based on what is in the media. This government remains open to dialogue and consultation and we urge Mr. Banda and other stakeholders to utilize these available forms of engagement,” he said.
SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT