Green Party President Peter Sinkamba has described the High Court Judge Mwila Chitabo’s decision to adjourn the presidential petition indefinitely on an emotional note as demoralizing.
Mr Sinkamba said though he understood Judge Chitabo’s frustration as a result of the United Party for National Development’s (UPND) unruly cadres his decision to adjourn the matter indefinitely is unfortunate.
“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. Simply our Courts should never be swayed by emotion or sympathy,” Mr Sinkamba said.
Mr Sinkamba has since called upon Judge Chitabo to review his decision of indefinite adjournment of the on-going presidential petition.
He reminded the Judge that in certain sections of the country, especially Southern, Western, and Northwestern Province, 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,” the Green Party President advised.
He has, however, condemned the unruly and riotous conduct of UPND cadres at High Court grounds last Friday which resulted into damage to property and arrests of hoards of cadres.
Mr Sinkamba also condemned the use of excessive force by the police on defenseless women, the indiscriminate use of teargas which adversely affected the entire court grounds and neighbouring areas, and use of live bullets.
He has blamed 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 Green Party leader noted that 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,” Mr Sinkamba said,