President, Sata has been accused of having turned himself in to the police and courts through the manner he is handling allegations of abuse of authority against former government leaders.
An opposition political party has since asked President, Sata to stop prosecuting former government officials openly but leave the task to competent courts of law.
UPND is concerned that President Sata has continued meddling and interfering with the operations of the judiciary when dealing with matters involving former government leaders.
Recently, President Sata accused former Government leaders such, as George Kunda and embattled Former Education Minister, Dora Siliya of having benefitted from questionable transactions while in Government.
This has seemingly created undue pressure on law enforcement agencies to intensify the fight against corrupt in an attempt to please the head of state.
UPND Party Deputy Spokesperson, Cornelius Mweetwa said that the head of state has turned himself into a judge without subjecting the suspects to the courts of law to determine their fate.
Meanwhile, UPND president Hakainde Hichilema has said his party has a bright future out of the other major political parties in Zambia despite losing last year’s tripartite elections.
Mr Hichilema said his party was strengthening all structures after putting the loss at presidential level behind.
The opposition party leader, who was speaking when he featured on Zambezi FM Radio programme ‘The Journalist’ yesterday, said he would campaign on the platform of improving the welfare of the majority poor.
He said UPND was better-placed to win the next tripartite elections in 2016 because it was the ‘only party which was committed to improving the welfare of citizens in the country.’
Mr Hichilema said the Patriotic Front (PF) and the MMD had similar values, noting that they ‘stemmed’ from the United National Independence Party (UNIP).
He said UPND had a different approach and would structure its messages to the people on fostering development and that once in government, it would not focus on pursuing former leaders.
“For now, PF is in Government and MMD is out of Government. UPND is the only party to come in during the next elections. We shall focus on telling people how we intend to foster development.?“We are the only party that has a programme of what people want in terms of health, education and other issues. Let’s build UPND together because it is the party of your choice,” Mr Hichilema said.
He said it was not easy to run an opposition party with 29 members of Parliament (MPs) but added that ‘ the sky is the limit.’?Mr Hichilema also urged the PF Government to quickly deliver a new Constitution because the bulk of the work has already been done.
The opposition leader said the ground work had already been laid in the Mwanakatwe and Mung’omba Constitution review commissions.
He said social and economic rights should be enshrined in the new Constitution as most people in Zambia were poor and had attested to that during submissions of the previous commissions.
Mr Hichilema said the new Constitution should also have a 50 per cent plus-one vote to guarantee majority rule.
On street vendors, Mr Hichilema urged the PF Government not to ‘endorse’ vendors to operate from streets, which had no public convenience and refuse disposal facilities.?“Many of our relatives are currently trading on the streets to earn a living but what we are saying is that they should trade in a favourable environment where there are toilets and safety of customers,” Mr Hichilema said.
On the proposed increment of the retirement age to 65 from 55, Mr Hichilema said the suggestion should not be implemented because young people and women would fail to get jobs.
[MUVITV/Times of Zambia]