Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Agenda to lift former president Edgar Lungu’s immunity will not work-Mwila

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FORMER PF secretary general Davies Mwila says the agenda to lift former president Edgar Lungu’s immunity will not work because UPND does not have the numbers in Parliament.

Commenting on Anti-Corruption Commission Director-General Gilbert Phiri’s remarks that there was need to amend the law so that Presidents who committed financial crimes did not hide behind immunity once they leave office, Mwila described the sentiments as a joke.

He said the UPND must appreciate Lungu because he handed over power peacefully without any resistance.

“The law is there and it has been there that former presidents or Presidents have the immunity. It will not be possible for them to remove that. They don’t know what they are talking about and they will not manage. But for them to go to Parliament to try to amend that law will not happen. It is a constitutional matter. They should just start harassing former president Edgar Lungu as an individual.

As it is now, he is being harassed through his family and close friends. I want to say that if they have to go to him, they have to go to Parliament to lift the immunity. The UPND government knows that it is not possible because they don’t have the numbers in Parliament. So what the Anti-Corruption Commission is saying on the need to amend the law, those are jokes. It will not happen,” Mwila said.

“Their agenda is to harass their opponents. The UPND government must appreciate that Edgar Chagwa Lungu handed over power peacefully without any resistance. So that agenda will not work. That agenda has been on the table for a long time. We are now 11 months now and that will not happen. They are harassing the wife, children and close friends. They know that these people don’t have immunity. They are harassing us because we don’t have the immunity. On the former president, they are not even sleeping. So what ACC is saying, that agenda or thinking will not work.”

And when asked whether the suggestion to amend the law with regards to the immunity, was targeted at Lungu, Mwila responded in the affirmative.

“Of course. UPND has stated that they have been targeting at the head of state. That is the agenda. I hope that Mr Phiri will be professional. I heard him on TV and he spoke very well. I hope that what he said is what he will be doing,” said Mwila.

15 COMMENTS

  1. As much as I agree PF government was a disaster I don’t agree with the new ACC boss who is a known UPND sympathiser this where we appreciate people like John Sangwa who fought for integrity

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    • John Sangwa was the only brave lawyer when all his colleagues were cowering in fear. Some were even criticizing his noble activism

  2. WHEN WILL PRESIDENTIAL IMMUNITY EVER BE LIFTED IF NOT NOW
    IT HAS TO EVENTUALLY COME INTO BEING
    THEY HAVE TO ANSWER TO THEIR WEALTH WHAT EVER IT IS

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  3. Is the caliber of leaders we had? Davis, so what did you expect Edgar to do after loosing elections in an embarrassing manner?. Why are you concerned about lifting his immunity? It seems you know what he did while in power. Your lack of intellect has just proved that the guilt are always afraid.

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  4. We can’t be appreciating anyone for doing what he is supposed to do. What have we become? So mediocre we want to idolize those doing the normal thing? And because they make a normal exit we must forget about their criminal activities? We don’t elect politicians to steal from us. We don’t vote thieves into office. That’s why even HH must allay national suspicion on how he corruptly got rich from privatization. Why keep this a secret? Otherwise he will be harrassed after he leaves office.

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  5. VOLUME!!! PLEASE! Tell them comrade. They won’t manage. You cannot bring a good man down. Hh is an insecure hypocrite. Only frauds go after innocent people to hide their own insecure wrong doings

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  6. 1990s privatisation,sale of the Zambia consolidated copper mines,parastatal companies saw the plunder of national resources,public asset stripping, the loss of jobs,the death of bread winners and the loss of lives of families,and with a result of few individuals emerging rich.The memories are still fresh.

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  7. This immunity law is nonsensical and must be removed. It serves n purpose , but only to make a sitting president above the law,

  8. MOTOR MOUTH PROTECTING HIS MAN AGAIN
    NOTHING TO HIDE LET HIM ENCOURAGE THEM TO PROCEED
    THEN SUE FOR FALSE ALLEGATIONS
    WE WAITING

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  9. Who changed the law and when was the law passed? After Chiluba’s prosecution? A sitting president can be immune from certain law suits but an ex president should face the consequences of his crimes. Noone is above the law. Making corruption “lawful” is the height of corruption.

  10. CLEAR and STRAIGHT FORWARD STATEMENT: Anti-Corruption Commission Director-General Gilbert Phiri’s remarked that there was need to amend the law so that Presidents who committed financial crimes did not hide behind immunity once they leave office,

    DULL REACTION: Mwila “…….this will not work because UPND does not have the numbers in Parliament.”
    This amendment is for “PRESIDENTS” and it doesn’t say its for “LUNGU”, meaning even HH will be liable for scrutiny under that LAW.
    So why is PF and its dull former SG getting mad? So they are telling the Zambian people that ECL is guilty of malpractices during his tenure, if he was as clean as PF wants us to believe, then why this drama around that proposal?

  11. Lungu will be in courts soon………if not with in this 5 year term , we………

    Will see him in court after 2026………….

    What is he afraid of if he did not steal ??

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