The Attorney General has been challenged to explain the remedies citizens can exercise against defamation by the President.
Civil Right campaigner Brebner Changala said it had become customary for President Michael Sata to defame citizens, who unfortunately could not sue him for libel and defamation.
He condemned the exposure of UPND president Hakainde Hichilema’s finances to the nation by sugesting that the money was stolen “this is defamation” and yet the President has been suing people, sometimes in his personal capacity for defamation for acts he has committed while serving as President ” he said.
The Attorney General, he said, must come out in the open and explain the remedies citizens had against the President who had committed many transgressions.
Mr. Changala was responding to President Sata decision to expose and distribute UPND President Hakainde Hichilema financial statements after accusing him of stealing the money.
“It is anarchy for the President to accuse private citizens who can not sue him, therefore the legal fraternity in Zambia must assist citizen find a way to stop the President from such acts.” He said.
Speaking during a swearing in ceremony yesterday, President Sata challenged United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema to explain to the Commonwealth the source of his wealth when they visit Zambia.
The president said that the invitation of the Commonwealth by the opposition to probe his government’s alleged human rights violations will be an opportunity for opposition UPND leaders Hakainde Hichilema to explain to the Commonwealth the source of his wealth.
The president has had issues with the source of wealth of the UPND leader. Last year during another swearing in ceremony at State House, President Sata said that he was shocked by revelations that opposition leader Mr Hichilema may be worth as much as $72 million.
“You have worked for a long time but you are not as rich as some politicians. Surprisingly in Zambia, some politicians are richer than workers in formal employment,” the president said at the time.