By Sunday Chanda
THE Patriotic Front wishes to reaffirm its position that it holds the country’s Judiciary in high esteem despite relentless attempts by some disgruntled elements in the country trying to create a false impression of a prevailing environment of hostility. The PF is on record calling on public institutions such as the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), even the Judiciary, not to be persuaded by any other considerations except that for which they were established. This has been proved overtime by both reforms and the independence which the foundation of justice has been granted because as the party in power, it is also our duty to ensure that public institutions, the judiciary inclusive, serve the interests of the nation in line with the law.
We have received reports that some members of the Judiciary are inciting the Zambian Courts to adopt decisions similar to those made by their Kenyan counterparts under the misguided belief that this amounted to bravery.
Our distinguished members of the Judiciary should be left to preside over matters and make decisions without external or any form of undue influence from outsiders. We call on all well-meaning Zambians to condemn those behind this scheme and where possible expose them for the public to judge.
What President Lungu did when he spoke in Solwezi is in line with the duty he carries as one holding public office in line with Article 122 (4) of the Constitution of Zambia to protect the Judiciary in order for it to act with dignity, independent and in an effective manner. He was advising the nation based on credible information so that we do not end up in a chaotic situation as some countries have done just because some individuals have allowed themselves to be driven by motives other than the good of the nation.
President Lungu said and we quote: “I have information that some of you want to be adventurous, your adventure should not plunge us into chaos please.”
There is no denial of the existence of machinations within and outside the Country with political elements sponsored by well-known imperialists are agitating for regime change in certain countries in Africa. These countries include South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Zambia, among others. The desperate agenda by these imperialists would do everything it can including “auctioning weak souls” in the judiciary as well as other institutions.
The world is witnessing the sad episodes that have unfolded in Kenya after the so-called brave decisions by the Kenyan Courts. No responsible citizen would desire or indeed celebrate the circumstances which have engulfed that country following the Supreme Court ruling which annulled the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta and called for fresh elections.
We have no doubt that the Judiciary on its own and in any country, does realize the onerous responsibilities that it carries and would, therefore, ensure that it retains its dignity, independence and effectiveness without being a copycat of any other judiciary from other jurisdictions.
We have noted that in his quest to redeem himself from a crushing BBC Hardtalk interview, Hakainde Hichilema has jumped to the occasion to raise alarm. This does not shock us because it was also very interesting that when he was asked an innocent question about his adamant position following his 5th electoral defeat during his regrettable BBC Hardtalk interview, he referred to Kenya which was not part of the question. Unless someone wants us to believe dots must not be connected, we are left with no option but to do exactly that. It is also interesting that a while ago, his Kenyan counterpart featured on the same platform, BBC Hardtalk where the Zambian Opposition leader had a regrettable bruising.
We also advise the Law Association of Zambia to avoid hurriedly issuing speculative statements but instead dedicate time to construe matters as they arise. In this vein, we also wish to condemn the irresponsible journalism being practiced by some known sections of the media which we have come to learn are part of the scheme aimed at alarming the nation with their fake headlines and twisted news content.
The latest incident involves some social media outlets, which we have we have known for a long time to be tools for the attainment of political objectives of some politicians, reported with a clear view to mislead and alarm the nation, that President Edgar Lungu had said that there would be chaos in the country if judges disqualified him from contesting the 2021 elections.
We must place on record that the Zambian people will not blink because Zambia is not for auctioning to the highest bidder. 53 years after Independence, Zambians must continue to reject sellouts hiding in some political parties and key institutions pursuing an imperialist foreign agenda of reclaiming control over the country’s resources.
The Author is the Media Director of Zambia’s Ruling Patriotic Front(PF) Political party