PROTESTS AGAINST LAZ ISSUED BY SUNDAY CHANDA, PF INFORMATION COMMITTEE MEMBER
Lusaka, 6th March 2017 – Recently, a section of citizens led a peaceful protest against the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ). As stakeholders in the affairs of a public body as LAZ, the protesting citizens felt the association was leaning heavily in favor of the opposition, abusing the “public interest” provided for under Cap 31 of the Laws of Zambia and unnecessarily inciting public hatred against government and the ruling party. These Citizens chose to publicly make known their feelings and their displeasure in a peaceful and democratic manner.
Since then, this action has elicited all manner of condemnation from some opposition politicians and some sections of civil society. These individuals and organizations have labeled as intimidation the protests against LAZ. These same organizations want Society to believe that LAZ is impartial and always serves the public interests of the Zambian people and therefore cannot be criticized by anybody. In other words, they are telling us that LAZ does no wrong!
We wish to put it on record that before anyone’s political belonging, they are citizens of the Republic of Zambia with vested interest in institutions such as LAZ. Well-meaning Citizens, whether as PF members or not, shall not sit idly by and watch the reputation of both government and the ruling party recklessly dragged in the mud. Whether LAZ is a professional body or anything, we shall not be made to feel guilty by their false claims of professionalism when in actual fact what they are practicing is partisan politics. They may disguise their arguments in lingual only unique to the profession but LAZ must understand this that we are intellectually capable of separating sincere commentary from political discourse.
As a matter of fact, LAZ arguments lately have become intellectually so weak it does not take much application of mind to smoke the authors of the organization’s statements out of their cocoons.
Tragically, other professional associations have fallen for the ruse. Furthermore, we wish to remind whoever cares to listen that in democracy, you can protest against anybody and any organization. But an intellectually fraudulent narrative is being promoted to the effect that protests against any organization other than PF and government are tantamount to intimidation. This notion is democratically corrosive and deliberatively meant to mislead. What is good for the gander is good for the goose!
If society allows this narrative to gain ascendancy and dominance, elements at LAZ will continue executing their skewed agenda aimed at inciting hatred against President Lungu, his government and the ruling party which they calculate would eventually lead to manufactured public despondency. In their clear scheme of things, these elements, using the LAZ platform, will have succeeded in setting a stage for a party of its own desires to assume the reins of power.
Given the seriousness of this situation, we wish to call members of the public not to give in to LAZ and any of its surrogates so that we may defend and protect the interests of the Zambian people that are now being addressed in a manner we have not seen since this country attained her independence status.