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Take interest and investigate the reported torture, Human Right Commission Challenged

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The Center for Constitutionalism and Legal Justice has challenged the Human Rights Commission to take interest and investigate the reported torture of former President Edgar Lungu’s Barber Shabby Chilekwa by the police.

Center Director Isaac Mwanza said that the reported torture of Mr. Chilekwa is a violation of his rights. Mr. Mwanza has told Hot FM News that the abuse of human rights is a departure from President Hakainde Hichilema’s directive for law enforcement agencies not to arrest anyone before carrying out an investigation.

Mr. Mwanza said that he is saddened that Mr. Chilekwa has been denied medical attention despite him having been assaulted.

Echoing Mr. Mwanza’s sentiments, Golden Party of Zambia leader Silavwe Jackson has called upon the Human Rights Commission of Zambia (HRC) to swiftly investigate the allegations of torture of Mr. Chilekwa by the Zambia police.

Mr. Silavwe also called on the international human rights organizations such as amnesty international (AI) to take a keen interest in this case to protect the country’s reputation.

Mr. Silavwe has further urged the Zambia police and all the investigative wings to avoid draconian methods of obtaining confessions from suspects as no citizen should be presumed guilty before being taken to court.

Mr. Silavwe stated that no matter the gravity of the offense or the party affiliation of a suspect, at law a person is presumed innocent until found guilty by a competent court.

And GEARS Initiative Executive Director Mcdonald Chipenzi has said that the reportedly torture of Mr. Chilekwa is not only a violation of his rights and Zambian bill of rights but the constitution of Zambia too.

Mr. Chipenzi has called for investigations to be instituted immediately against those involved in torturing him to ascertain the violation of the bill of rights and the constitution.

He explained that article 15 of the bill of rights in the constitution of Zambia guides that a person shall not be subjected to torture, or to inhuman or degrading punishment, or other like treatment.

Mr. Chipenzi says this guidance from the constitution is non-derogatory and has no clawbacks.

18 COMMENTS

  1. #1  Deja Vu
     February 11, 2022 At 5:29 pm

    “Simply investigate….if it’s a lie let it proved as such. Saying or doing nothing will just promote speculations..”

    Even the PF die hards are not sure about the sounds comming out of the mouths of PF leaders………

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  2. Spaka@2
    Why is it that you bring PF into any discussion, no matter what the subject is?
    We are talking about human rights abuses by the current govt versus constitutional provisions. What’s that got to do with PF?
    Awe sure!

  3. #3 Issacher .. he’s got nothing to offer. Each time other people say something that puts him in the corner he throws the PF trump card. We’re not talking about a party we are talking about people, maybe he doesn’t know that we’re people as long as we differ we are PF. This thing can affect him just like it’s affecting someone as reported.

  4. #2 Spaka so if you are die hard Tupnd, you think the rest are die hard Upnd? In any case what is wrong with supporting a party one prefers? We fought for multi party democracy so that people would be able to choose their preference. PF ruled, Upnd is ruling, tomorrow it will be another party. Ukukulila kumushi is a problem sure.

  5. I am also waiting for the Human Rights Commission to comment, simply because I don’t trust the current PF Leadership, they have been deceptive with their allegations so far. I don’t trust Nakacinda, Lubinda, Lusambo, Mwamba & CK and (Mundubile).
    They are enjoying giving press conferences in front of police stations and ACC.

    Of course, I don’t condone human rights abuse on suspects, but I don’t think the PF leadership are giving us the right information. They just spew out whatever comes out of their mouth to win sympathy.

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  6. KWENA BA LT, WHAT IS HERE TO MODERATE, WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU. SHAME ON YOU !!
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    I am also waiting for the Human Rights Commission to comment, simply because I don’t trust the current PF Leadership, they have been deceptive with their allegations so far. I don’t trust Nakacinda, Lubinda, Lusambo, Mwamba & CK and (Mundubile).
    They are enjoying giving press conferences in front of police stations and ACC. Of course, I don’t condone human rights abuse on suspects, but I don’t think the PF leadership are giving us the right information. They just spew out whatever comes out of their mouth to win sympathy.

  7. Bemba lives matter!
    Zambian lives matter!

    We can’t allow Haamonga and Kajoba to brutalize Chilekwa unlawfully. This assault on Chanda and Chilekwa utilizing abduction and concentration camp methods is terrifying.
    Cadre packed police must disband. Allow law abiding professionals to run Police. This is not too much to ask.

    Abash police brutality. From police force to service to terrorists.
    What a Government!

  8. We’ve had ten years of PF induced torture and political murders and nobody said one word. Two innocent citizens were SHOT in cold blood by Edgar China Lungu’s police, and those officers were NEVER charged. And now some ridiculous gossip is going round about secret prisons??? Preposterous!

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  9. You were seeing this brutal behaviour on the streets with William Banda but now it is deep in the policing departments. Way way deep in hh’s administration.
    Civil liberties pronounced by hh disguised in police brutality, now coming out unabated. Rumor? Chilekwa is a human being not a rumor.
    You have a feeling that there is a disconnect between hh and his disciples but all want blood. All are full of hate. There top man has zero control of his followers.

  10. Which Human rights are you crying to? As far as iam aware, u PF cadres and your Lungu deported all Human Rights activists including the US ambassador. Do think they ve forgotten? They are also waiting on HH to deal with you hooligans cos they too suffered under your rule.

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  11. To be honest with you, HH can do anything he pleases with these pf hooligans and the international community will support him. Infact they will even pay him for arresting & torturing these morons cos they too suffered under Lungu. He used to tell them off “Zambia sovereign sovereign “ story. but HH is too fair.

  12. You will cry under upnd. We warned you. Live with these devils. I will soon leave this country and will be safe, but you who voted for these demons are too poor to even travel to lusaka from monze

  13. #3  Issacher 
    February 11, 2022 At 6:02 pm

    “Spaka@2
    Why is it that you bring PF into any discussion, no matter what the subject is?
    We are talking about human rights abuses by the current govt versus constitutional provisions. What’s that got to do with PF?
    Awe sure!..”

    We know the PF diehards who can’t get over the overwhelming electrol defeat of lungu by a tonga…………

    Most of them are very bitter , some are seeing the light , but most oppose the new GRZ at every chance, with or without facts…………..

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  14. I have accepted HH is a true Christian. The way PF Lungu and Kampyongo treated him when he was in opposition, if it was the opposite, HH would have been hinged by now. PF have even the audacity to cry louder that HH is torturing people. The government through the police should arrest who killed Gaddafi in Kaoma.PF shrinks the political space for the Zambians. You are resigning one by one till PF remains the shell and dump it in museum like UNIP and MMD

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