United Party for National Development (UPND) Mbabala Member of Parliament Ephraim Belemu has charged that President Edgar Lungu’s association with Dictators like President of Rwanda Paul Kagame, Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe and Museven of Uganda is a clear demonstration he is copying dictatorial tactics from the three African leaders that are perceived to be dictators.
Speaking when he appeared on CBC TV program dubbed “On Record” on Tuesday evening the 20th June, 2017, Belemu reiterated that the idea to arrest innocent citizens using the police is a clear demonstration that Zambia is now a dictatorship.
Mbabala lawmaker also criticized the three individual pastors for attacking the three church mother bodies for identifying president Lungu as a dictator.
He noted that dictators have no respect for the rule of law and that the idea of calling Edgar Lungu a dictator is long overdue.
Belemu further upheld that those calling on the UPND to recognize Edgar Lungu as President should also remember that UPND believes elections were rigged and that the issue of rigging must be resolved and the petition should be heard forthwith.
He said it is baseless for UPND MPs to sit in Parliament when party members are being given trumped up charges by the police on daily basis, adding that MPs represent the people and that the people of Zambia need political space to be fully represented and enjoy their rights without being intimidated.
“And those calling for the UPND MPs to resign on moral grounds should instead tell Edgar Lungu and his colleagues to resign on moral grounds as they are the ones who have failed to live up to their promises. ” Belemu has said.
Meanwhile, The Zambian Embassy in Washington D.C has assured the United States Government that Zambia will endeavor to uphold the rule of law in the governance system of the country.
Zambia’s Chargé d’affaires to the USA Joseph Chilaizya has reaffirmed to the Department of State in Washington DC, that President EDGAR LUNGU will not interfere in the judicial process in the case that Zambia’s opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema is facing in the courts of law.
Mr Chilaizya says Zambia has taken interest to learn from the US system of governance where the executive, legislature and judiciary are allowed to operate freely without any undue interference.
Mr Chilaizya’s comments came in the wake of concerns raised by U.S. Department of State outgoing Desk Officer for Zambia and Lesotho Janice Corbett regarding the UPND leader court case.
This was during a courtesy call on the Zambian Embassy by incoming U.S. Department of State Desk Officer for Zambia and Lesotho Carmelia Macfoy and Incoming US Zambian Embassy in Lusaka Deputy Political and Economic Chief Brandon Wilson.
“The Zambian government believes in the rule of law and separation of powers. The President doesn’t interfere in judicial or law enforcement agencies processes. Mr Hichilema is a suspect and the President only has authority over convicted people where he has powers to pardon convicts.
“President Lungu stands firm to uphold the tenets of democracy. This is what the US government also believes in hence the discourse we are hearing where President Trump is being accused of interfering with law enforcement agencies. President Lungu doesn’t want to find himself in a position where he’s accused of interfering with live cases,” Mr Chilaizya said.
Mr Chilaizya further said that Zambia looks forward to working with President Donald Trump’s administration in fostering bilateral relations with the USA.
He told the US Department of State that as President Trump completes appointments of members to government, Zambia looks forward to the release of the US Africa policy and in particular that for Zambia.