PATRIOTIC FRONT IN THE DIASPORA IS PROUD OF PRESIDENT EDGAR CHAGWA LUNGU’S GOVERNANCE RECORD
London, 20th April 2017, United Kingdom
We, the undersigned, on behalf of all the members and sympathisers of the Patriotic Front in the United Kingdom, wish to express our solidarity and confidence in the leadership of His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia for following in the footsteps of his predecessors. President Lungu has promoted the slogan of One Zambia, One Nation and has further ensured the country remains highly democratic and upholds its international reputation as a Oasis of peace on the African continent. His dedication for upholding the rule of law and indeed for granting Zambians a people-driven constitution which had eluded citizens for many generations remains commendable and a strong legacy he has built for himself and Zambia.
It has therefore come as a shock that some persons of Zambians origin in the Diaspora have launched false scathing attacks against a government of the people, for the people and by the people, on social media and mainstream media in their quest to tarnish Zambia’s impressive standing in the global village of nations. All this has been triggered by the arrest of United Party for National Development leader Mr. Hakainde Hichilema.
Unlike what Zambians are known for, we have noted this strange behaviour from people who call themselves Zambians but remain void of patriotism. They have not learnt from other countries that do not rush to tarnish their nation’s images because in the case of Zambia, the country is our common heritage. Tarnishing Zambia’s name does not make anyone win and election neither does it result in increased foreign direct investment. We therefore wonder what is motivating these reactionary forces when they embark on a mission to give Zambia a bad name.
Sadly not even their UPND leadership can stand up to defend the Country’s image. This is because in the mind of Mr. Hichilema it does not matter if Zambia went down with him – that is how egocentric the man is. Falsehoods in the Diaspora by UPND members claim there has been massive decay in the once promising young Zambian democracy charging that the country is marred with police brutality, victimisation of dissent views especially private media houses, torture and in some cases murder of those in opposition by those directly connected to the President with impunity.
As responsible residents in the UK who are also Zambians by birth or heritage, we feel duty bound to rebut these blatant lies being orchestrated by UPND with full support from Mr. Hichilema’s leadership. We are however not worried because only people of poor judgment would stand up to support what is contained in the video footage from prime TV that went viral on social media and it should be mentioned that the interview of Mr. Hichilema on the same station is very revealing and quite telling on how much misconduct and deliberate the actions of the UPND leader and his convoy were in daring and disrespecting the Motorcade of the Head of State President Lungu were and thereby endangering the Head of State’s life.
Let it be made clear to the international community that the arrest of UPND leader Mr. Hakainde Hichilema has nothing to do with the lack of demise of good governance in the country as the UPND in the Diaspora are charging. It is a fallacy that Mr. Hichilema was arrested because democracy has perished in Zambia. His arrest does not even have anything to do with his decision to refuse to acknowledge President Edgar Lungu as the duly elected President. It is not even about a challenged election because there is not a petition to challenge the election in any Court of law in Zambia.
ZAMBIA’S LEGAL REGIME ON TREASON IS REPLICATED AFTER THAT OF THE UK
Without going into the merits and demerits of the case before the Courts, we seek to correct some distortions being created by the UPND in the Diaspora. We have also observed that UPND members in the Diaspora are misleading unsuspecting members of the general public especially on social media that the treason charges amount to political witch-hunt as it is not sound at law. These UPND members are busy misleading the public that the definition of treason is as defined by American law and therefore is identical to Zambian law or even of universal application when it’s not.
Under American law treason is defined as:
“Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.” (Article III Section (3) of the U.S. Constitution).
Under English law treason was redefined by the Treason Act 1795 and the principal forms now include: (1) compassing the death or serious injury of the sovereign or his (or her) spouse or eldest son; (2) levying war against the sovereign in his (or her) realm, which includes any insurrection against the authority of the sovereign or of the government that goes beyond riot or violent disorder; (3) giving aid or comfort to the sovereign’s enemies in wartime.
It’s clear from the above that the Zambian law on treason is more close to the English than American law.
In Zambia treason may be committed in a number of ways including preparing or endeavouring to carry out by force any enterprise which usurps the executive power of the State in any matter of both a public and a general nature. (Section 43 (1) (d) of the Penal Code).
Section 43 (2) (a)-(b) of the Penal Code tells us what “by force” means. It says:
“(a) by force used in such a manner as, whether by reason of the number of persons involved or the means used or both, to imperil or be likely to imperil the safety of the State or to cause or be likely to cause death or grievous harm or serious damage to property; or
(b) by a show of force calculated to arouse reasonable apprehension that force will be used in such a manner as is described in paragraph (a).”
This means that it is treason to compass (plot) or attempt to kill or cause serious injury to the head of state. Even merely causing reasonable fear to the head of state that force would be used against him suffices as use of force.
“…or to cause or be likely to cause death or grievous harm…” That can only apply to natural person as the State cannot be killed or grievously harmed. Neither can it apprehend any use of force.
Of course, it is not every plot to kill or seriously injure the President that would amount to treason but any such plot accompanied by any intention to usurp the executive power.
ZAMBIA AN OASIS OF PEACE
It is disheartening to note that when some misguided elements are projecting a negative picture of doom to the international community, the outside world thinks otherwise since Zambia is a citadel of peace and tranquillity.
This has led to Zambia deservedly earning herself an opportunity to host the second African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council retreat recently. Isn’t this an honour to a country that is not only peaceful but has been declared as a Christian Nation with a national prayers day to honour God.
As Secretary of African Union Peace and Security Council Admore Kambudzi recently noted while many other African countries are experiencing persistent conflicts and wars that have undermined the continent’s economic growth, Zambia has remained a peaceful nation since independence.
From the onset when we freed ourselves from the yokes of colonialism, Zambia has been a peaceful country whose independence was not as bloody as some of its African counterparts.
One should also consider the fact that in its early days, Zambia was surrounded by hostile regimes; the Portuguese in Angola and Mozambique, the Ian Smith minority regime in then Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and the apartheid regime in then South West Africa (now Namibia) and South Africa.
Largely, as a result of its unflinching support to the liberation movements in these countries, Zambia was a target of hostilities from these regimes. However, throughout the liberation struggle Zambia remained united and peaceful, a hallmark which has stood us out regionally and globally.
Although the country has some challenges to overcome in its quest to deliver high levels of prosperity, its leaders are determined to face the future with heightened energy and enthusiasm to consolidate political, economic and social progress.
This is testimony of our country’s stability that has continued to serve as the magnet pulling thousands of refugees from restive neighbours and beyond. Even after the end of the civil strife in their home countries many refugees choose to remain in Zambia by applying for integration into the Zambian society.
ETHNIC CLEANSING IN MR. HICHILEMA’S STRONGHOLD – SOUTHERN PROVINCE
When the elections results were announced, the (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema gave chilling orders for party cadres to carry out ethnic cleansing of selected tribes and non-UPND members in Maala, Namwala following the declaration of President-Elect Edgar Lungu’s victory.
Following the unnerving order, Maala in Southern Province of Zambia and surrounding villages were turned into warzones with all PF supporters becoming victims of violence and tribal cleansing. Tribes like Bemba and Ngonis and other non-Tongas were is labelled as PF supporters and attacked. Others had their houses burnt or displaced in senseless mayhem.
Over 250 people all of them non-Tongas (Hichilema’s tribe were internally displaced in Namwala calling for urgent remedial measures from the government to address their problem. Disaster Management and Mitigating Unit (DMMU) intervened by camping 58 families at Namwala Secondary School. Over 200 victims were placed in different locations for safety.
We have pictorial evidence of both still and movie pictures for nationals and the international community to prove for themselves who the aggressor has been. As responsible citizens in the Diaspora, we shall package and circulate widely this footage including the Mongu incident so that the World can judge for itself.
As both a peace-loving government, we didn’t want to fuel the situation by showing the pictures of ethnic cleansing in southern province perpetuated by the UPND and Mr. Hichilema’s violent talk.
However, since Zambia is wrongly being accused of jailing an innocent man, as Zambian citizens in the Diaspora we have a duty and remain ready to produce pictorial and video evidence to anyone who is interested in understanding the violent and undemocratic nature of Mr. Hichilema which his praise singers are trying to cover up.
PLANNED PROTEST AT THE ZAMBIAN HIGH COMMISSION
While it is the right of planned protesters to be heard, we are asking the Zambian population in the United Kingdom to shun the planned activity scheduled for tomorrow because it is an effort to tarnish Zambia’s image. Zambians in the Diaspora stand with President Edgar Lungu for ensuring that dual citizenship became a reality, something that no Zambian leader before him had ever done!
Signed and Issued By: Arnold Zulu (Mr)
Chairperson – PF in the UK
Vice Chairperson – PF in the UK