Green Party President Peter Sinkamba has placed the blame of the Unruly Party cadres on the head of the Office of the Registrar of Societies for failing to move and deal firmly with parties that use unruly cadres to disturb peace.
In a statement released to the media, Mr Sinkamba said tha the Registrar of Societies has abated this unruly conduct and political violence, adding that this conducted had been perpetrated before and during elections, and that it has continued even after the elections.
Mr Sinkamba urged the Registrar of Societies to move in and bring sanity, failure to which the Minister of Home Affairs Hon. Steven Kampyongo must move in to shuffle the Heads at the institution
Below is the full statement
18 DECEMBER, 2016
JUDGE CHITABO SHOULD REVIEW HIS DECISION ON INDEFINITE ADJOURNMENT OF UPND PRESIDENTIAL PETITION: COURTS SHOULD NOT BE SWAYED BY EMOTION
As the Green Party, we condemn in strongest terms the unruly and riotous behaviour of UPND cadres at High Court grounds last Friday which resulted into damage to property and arrests of hoards of cadres. We also condemn use of excessive force by the police on defenseless women. Furthermore, we condemn indiscriminate use of teargas which adversely affected the entire court grounds and contiguous areas, and use of live bullets.
We blame the continued unruly conduct on the Office of the Registrar of Societies for failing to move and deal firmly with parties that use unruly cadres to disturb peace. The Registrar of Societies has abated this unruly conduct and political violence. We saw it being perpetrated before and during elections. It has continued post-elections. We now call upon the Registrar of Societies to bring sanity in the conduct of parties. Otherwise, the Minister of Home Affairs Hon. Steven Kampyongo must move in to shuffle the Heads at the institution.
As regards to judiciary, whilst we understand the frustration that Judge Mwila Chitabo was confronted with, from mischief by UPND cadres, however, we find it extremely demoralizing that he decided to adjourn the presidential petition indefinitely on an emotional note. As the Green Party, it is our wish that Aristotle’s declaration continues to guide the philosophy of our legal system: “The law is reason, free from passion.” It is the calling of the profession that a good judge should firmly put emotional reactions aside to their work. Thus, we expect judges to regulate their emotions, either by preventing emotion’s emergence or by walling off its influence. Put simply, our Courts should never be swayed by emotion or sympathy.
In this regard, we call upon Judge Chitabo to review his decision of indefinite adjournment of the on-going presidential petition. In certain sections of our country, especially Southern, Western and Northwestern Provinces, the petition is a highly emotive issue. For this reason, the presidency of His Excellency Edgar Lungu is not yet recognized or indeed still being held in contempt. There is still robust hope that his presidency will be overturned through this petition. Hence, the earlier the petition is brought to closure, the better for Zambia.
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