The opposition MMD has advised fellow opposition UPND not to transfer their politics to the Judiciary as time for politicking is long gone.
Commenting on the fracas that ensued on Friday last week MMD National Secretary Raphael Nakacinda noted that it is unfortunate that the opposition party wanted to win cases in the courts by using tactics of thuggery, intimidation and violence.
He said people should differentiate platforms for politics and platforms for dispensing justice which the UPND is seeking from the Judiciary.
He accused the opposition party of trying to use the same style of politics which failed to win them the general elections last August adding that the UPND should know that time for campaigns ended on 11th August, 2016.
“The UPND’s conduct at the courts on Friday is very unfortunate and highly contemptuous because when we go to court, we go to court to argue the question of law, we don’t go to court to politic. We should be able to differentiate platforms for politics and platforms for dispensing in this case justice but the UPND are trying to indirectly transfer politics into Judiciary hoping that they can win cases through political means and the style of politics of the UPND which is very clear is that of intimidation, violence and thuggery.
“It has not worked on the political platform for instance the 2016 general election and the period of campaigns which was declared from May to August 11th, at this particular stage what ever grievances that they may have from the declared results and those who have been sworn into office all they need in court are lawyers with books of law proudly so arguing matters of law so they can be able to seek justice for the aggrieved parties,” he said.
He also explained that the UPND have only themselves to blame for their petition case not being heard.
“It’s very unfortunate that even when it comes to the actual petition which was logged in before the ConCourt the UPND and everyone of us knew that the Constitution of the Republic of Zambia gave us straight jacket of 14 days and the UPND should have known that what they needed was to utilise the 14days to have all matters related to the actual case or the main petition case has been disposed off but they decided to be disruptive and started logging frivolous applications and vectitious applications until the time elapsed and the matter was dismissed so purely it was a calculated move to try create a reason for which they can be disruptive or misbehave in an attempt to win public sympathy but unfortunately it has started backfiring because the Zambian people are tired of that type of behavior,” he explained.
He further said Zambians are more interested in leaders whether in opposition or ruling who will contribute to the improvement of their lives in the current circle of five.
“The Zambian people are looking forward for us who have offered ourselves for service across the board to start focusing our energies and wisdom to see how best in the next five years we can contribute in our small way to better the lives of the people of Zambia it doesn’t matter whether you are in an opposition or ruling party all of us have a role to play to make sure that during this circle of five years the Zambian people’s lives are improved but unfortunately for the UPND they only thing they know is disruptive behavior and conducting themselves in unlawful manner and that is sad and unfortunate for our democracy,” he said.