United Party for National Development (UPND) must remove the log out of its eye before it can focus on the speck in PF’s eye.
We further wish to place on record that it is a Party that believes in strong institutions in order to entrench our governance and democracy. Sadly, the Opposition and those they talk to in the Judiciary have shown a predilection to treat every call from the people of Zambia or indeed Executive or the legislature for greater judicial accountability as an attack on the judiciary’s independence. The concerns over the conduct of some judges are serious, genuine and legitimate. Things that have reportedly been said by some of them to the Opposition in private are in tandem with some of the judgements being administered in our judiciary and we are not naive as a Party. We must however emphasize that we still believe the Judiciary has men and women of integrity in the Judiciary; but the Zambian judiciary, like its counterparts elsewhere, relies on its reputation for fairness, impartiality, and incorruptibility. The courts can scarcely afford any loss of public faith.
It is therefore disappointing that a senior citizen like UPND Secretary General Stephen Katuka would seek to politic over very objective remarks attributed to Presidential Spokesperson Mr. Amos Chanda who successfully made a case for integrity in the Judiciary. Neither PF as a Party or State House have insulted the Judiciary! UPND must be the last political party to preach respect for the Judiciary as that would be hypocritical.
We ask UPND to accept that Zambia elected President Edgar Lungu and he is in charge for the next five (5) years. While we respect people’s right to seek redress, and we promote more rights for citizens and political organizations such as the UPND, this space does not entail abuse by those with lop-sided agendas. This is the same UPND headed by a man who insulted the judiciary with the motive of blackmailing the institution. While we appreciate Mr. Hichilema’s freedom of expression, he had no sense of shame desired of someone seeking the highest office of the land.
We are calling on the upnd leader and Mr. Hichilema to render an apology to the Judiciary and abandon the hypocritical and bitter path his party has been on since he succeeded the late Anderson Mazoka.
On 10th September 2016, UPND leader Hichilema charged that constitutional court judges were paid huge amounts of money to deliberately lapse the UPND petition to nullify the re-election of President Edgar Lungu in the 11th August general elections.
Can Mr. Katuka tell Zambians when his UPND leader Hichilema is apologising for the lies and insults he unleashed against the Judiciary! Let him show remorse for describing the Constitutional Court judges as thugs and criminals who, according to him, had raped the Constitution and were therefore not worth the gowns they wore as they lacked integrity and impartiality. Let him personally apologise to Judges Anne Sitali, Pallan Mulonda and Mungeni Mulenga whom he likened to Judas Iscariot who betrayed a cause for pieces of silver?
Lastly, we are calling on all Zambians of good will to ignore the bitter politics by the UPND. President Lungu deserves the support of all Zambians in order for him to deliver on the promises PF made. While we welcome cricism and we are not allergic to it, we refuse to be distracted by the UPND and the infamous cartel. We are here to work and bring sanity to all institutions designed to deliver on behalf of the people. This is because we take our role to govern very seriously!
MR. DAVIES MWILA, SECRETARY GENERAL –PF
PF NATIONAL SECRETARIAT