The decision by the State to enter a nolle prosequi in the case of musician, Pilato is an indictment on the Zambia Police over their unprofessional conduct in the discharge of their duties.
Arresting and prosecuting Pilato on frivolous and vexatious charges was not only a waste of the courts valuable time and scarce resources but a wanton abuse of The Judicial process by the PF in their spirited but futile attempt to silence any critic who dare expose their impotence and ineptitude in effectively managing the affairs of the state.
It is a shame that the Zambia Police have reduced themselves to nothing but a mere armed vigilante wing of the ruling PF. It is clear that from the onset, the police were acting on some misguided directives from some political hoodlums within the PF government to arrest Pilato. That is the more reason the Police failed to charge Pilato with any reasonable charge but came up with frolicsome charge of conduct likely to breach peace because the man had committed no crime. Instead of pursuing political gangsters who are shooting unarmed civilians, the police are busy arresting and intimidating innocent victims of Edgar Lungu’s myopic leadership.
In conclusion and as a way forward we urge Parliament to repeal and amend the Zambia Police Act to make it conform to the norms and practices of a democratic state. The Zambia Police Act in its current form is archaic and moribund and exposes the police to too much political interference and machinations.