The full bench of the Constitutional Court has this morning condemned the physical attack of former National Dialogue Forum Spokesperson Isaac Mwanza by United National Development Party (UPND) members and has called on Zambia Police to arrest perpetrators.

Zambia’s Attorney General Likando Kalaluka addressed the Court on the attacks by the UPND members on his potential witness, shortly after he had finished discussing with him within the court premises.

In raising the matter, the Attorney General linked the attack to a Facebook posting by one of the lawyers and former LAZ President, Linda Kasonde, in which she implored the public to fill the courtroom to offer solidarity to their case. However, he made it clear that he was not in any way suggesting that Ms Linda Kasonde sent cadres to attack persons with different views.

In response, Ms. Kasonde said she was saddened with the attacks on persons by suspected UPND members but that it would not be right to link her to the attacks.

The Court thereafter warned UPND cadres to never commit the violence against any persons within the precincts on the Court Buildings and has called on law enforcers to act and bring the culprits to book. The Court has threatened to stop any member of the public from attending trial if the behaviour is continued.

Mr Mwanza was attacked yesterday by UPND members who were in the company of UPND senior leader Sylvia Masebo on the basis that he has been supporting Government.

Meanwhile, the Court has heard the testimony of former NGOCC Board Chairperson Sarah Longwe who has told the court that the current Constitution enacted in 2016 and the proposed Bill to amend the Constitution were not people-driven as no referendum was conducted to adopt the amendments.

Ms. Longwe said Government did not consult any member of the public on proposed amendments of the Constitution. She argued that Government must always consult the people whenever amendments need to be made to the Constitution. She however struggled to answer questions on whether the call by the Ministry of Justice to the public to make submissions amounted to consultations.

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  1. No wonder they have resorted to attacking people coz their witnesses are pathetic. Linda is that why u made a call for public?

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  2. Despicable. UPND should be banned. They grow violent by the day.

    As for Ms Longwe’s assertions on the need of a referendum; that’s just a waste of time. Most of the time she and her colleagues dissuade citizens taking part in pro government matters.

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    • Total embarrassment ba Sarah Longwe as usual. How can she in all honesty say the public was not consulted?? With this nonsense from the opposition and NGOs, I wouldn’t be surprised that we will end up with Deputy Ministers again in the next government.

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  3. UPND must be deregistered. Its too violent. But why did linda want cadres at court. Cases ain’t won by mobs. Yo witnesses are below par

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  4. UPND has evolved into violent party under H². When u ve newcomers like Masebo whose violence is known at PF convention, what do u expect?

    Ms Longwe u embarrassed yourself mom. Never think yo views are too important than man in street

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  5. So even before the case has been investigated and before it has been brought before the courts, the same judges have decided that it was upnd cadres behind the fracas. This is a clear sign that the constitutional court is full of buffoon appointed by lungu who will remain biased as they are a corrupt bunch. So we can’t expect any fair judgement from these crooks. Next time beat those judges

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    • UPND is terrorist institution! HH can’t manage to unite country. Why hurting on thoz boyz? Coz they aren’t Tonga?

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  6. So how are those upnd thugs going to use the excuse; “we were defending our selves?”
    Their blood cult leader HH will never condemn their criminal acts.
    Its interesting how when their nuts are touched and tweeked by proper PF thugs, they cry the loudest.

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    • The cot sees thru wht UPNd is up2. Sadly Linda Kasonde bin draftd in2 such curtail. She releasd thz charlatans on him coz ha witnesses bin pathetic. Wantg 2 win case by mob psychology nd intimidatn

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    • Ichi pani chaba tonga. Mapatizya formula. Namwala ethnic cleansing. And these are the people we can trust with power?? While in opposition, PF aleponoka kuli bena Bowman and William Banda. What upnd is in opposition is a first in our history and that horde of criminals they harbour would wreck havoc on non-barotse speaking masses. Not even respect for our institutions like courts?? Zambians beware!!!

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    • UPND is a danger to society – to Zambia. UNDER FIVE has no respect for the law. Kitwe City Council should urgently give the cage they had once put Kitwe – the Lion at the Zoo to Livingstone MUSEUM. It will be useful there.

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  7. Ms Longwe believes in her own opinions, any other way of coming up with Constitution apart from what she thinks re useless. No wonder NGOS are irrelevant now in Zambia.

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    • Next time he drags the NATION with unnecessary petitions he must just be put in the MUSEUM and forget about him.

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  8. If upnd did it, then l would like thank them for fixing those who have sold us for a few coins. Tayali could even afford to marry courtesy to taxpayers funds.now he failed to maintain her and she ran away. These sellouts NGO need to be dealt with. I hope hh doesn’t offer an apology stay silent like lungu who says nothing when his adviser brutalize citizens

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  9. And Silvia Masebo yesterday was refusing that there was no violence in court premise.
    Sad part is that church and other civil organizations can’t condemn political Nature of UPND because the SAME IMPERIALISTS supporting HH are ones SPONSORING these organizations.
    What has become worse is that almost every TONGA and disgruntled people have regrouped themselves and they are busy fabricating true lies,insults on ECL and PF, bitterness, hatred ,Violence and jealousy on all radio stations and social media platforms.They are no fearless stooges they can say and do anything.
    Yes things are bad in terms of economics but voting for UPND I can’t.

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  10. COMMENTS SOUNDS LIKE ONE OR TWO PIPO ARE POSTING, BUT JUST CHARGING NAMES.
    ADVICE. INVESTIGATE FIRST AND CONDEMN LATER THE PIPO WHO ATTACKED.
    SOME ARE “TRUE” FRUSTRATED ZAMBIANS WITH NO PARTY AFFILIATION.

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  11. When it comes to these issues PF chimps thrive. We go to the story where BOZ has said our economy is in the toilet, PF chimps are zeee

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  12. What ever happens to UPND it’s on top of the page and courts are on them.why courts you look only for the problems of UPND? Tribalism speech by pf was heard but you are quiet

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  13. When Linda Kasonde was LAZ president,she was ever pro UPND!!Now her true colours are known.Linda is a tonga married to a bemba-Mr Kasonde!!It is very clear that southerners are on a crusade to usher Kainde into state house.Some dul1 people such as Kambwili cannot read between the lines and simply follow terror leader Kainde blindly!!Thank God,many Zambian voters cannot vote for HH and am one of those.HH’s UPND should be deregistered and urgently so!!UPND is now a terrorist group.Nothing good comes out of UPND!!If PF is a violent party,so why replace it with a MORE VIOLENT PARTY IN UPND?It does not make sense at all!!
    Yes our economy is currently bad but this is not a unique situation for Zambia only because other countries are facing similar challenges too.Thus in 2021 my vote will go…

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    • Linda has it in her blood and she should be using her real name and remove “KASONDE” tag so we know who really she is. MAPATIZYA.

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  15. The only problem in UPND is that some members are too selfish.For them it’s a war against certain tribes.I hope easterners and northers will be safe when HH becomes president.They way they talk thing will be crazy when they come into power.They wanna revenge against some tribes.Politics in Africa is about tribe.Zambians should be united instead of pointing figures that bembe fyo fyo or Tongas fyo fyo.I’m scared becuase 2021 if Lungu fails to perform HH will be president and some tribes will cry

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  16. At times i’m left wondering why Zambia is called a “Christian Nation”, when its full people who have so much hatred for others. You mean you can’t just express your opinion without exhibiting your hatred for particular individuals?

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  17. they are quick to condem when it is the UPND when it is PF noone says anything at all…… It just goes to show that they are ruled by PF and that they cannot make their own decisions !

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  18. These are the same guys who cannot drag Lubinda and Nakazwe to the court yard for saying they will not pay back the money they got in wages and hefty allowances for illegally overstaying in office yet we do have a precedent whereby a scribe was jailed saying the truth . That is the reason I support the Germany Ambassador for his honesty. Zambia has gone to the Dogs .

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  19. These are the same guys who cannot drag Lubinda and Nakazwe to the court yard for saying they will not pay back the money they got in wages and hefty allowances for illegally overstaying in office yet we do have a precedent whereby a scribe was jailed for saying the truth . That is the reason I support the Germany Ambassador for his honesty. Zambia has gone to the Dogs .

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  20. No Linda is not married but she should continue to chew donar funds under the foundation she has created as for calling for people to fill the courts as former Laz boss she should know better it’s unethical

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  21. HH and Linda Kasonde must be caged they are a threat to the nation, police please act accordingly bring culprits to book soon or later or else……….

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  22. Zambian wake up don’t just point fingers those lawyer and witnesses are helping you but now you want to condemn them because you don’t think tomorrow you the same people will start crying.be honest to your self’s call a spied a spied Zambians.discuss real issues affecting your day to day living worst time on sensible things shame Zambian people good day.

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  23. Zambians wake up don’t just point fingers those lawyer and witnesses are helping you but now you want to condemn them because you don’t think tomorrow you the same people will start crying,be honest to your self’s call a spied a spied Zambians,discuss real issues affecting your day to day living worst time on sensible things shame Zambian people good day.

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