The Patriotic Front (PF) government has been condemned for blocking former President Rupiah Banda from travelling to Kenya for the inauguration ceremony of its new leader held on Tuesday.
A cross section of society feels that the action has dented the image of the country badly saying that there were no reasons for the PF government to act in the manner it did as the end results had dented the image of the country in the region and at the international community.
And Deputy Minister of information Mwansa Kapeya has been accused of lying by suggesting that it was immigration authorities who blocked RB when infact instructions were given by political authorities in government.
UPND president Hakainde Hichilema said that the Patriotic Front (PF) government was promoting lawlessness by disregarding court orders; a situation which if not stopped will create serious tension in the nation.
In an interview, Mr. Hichilema said that the PF government was not ashamed of interfering with the judiciary because its aim and objective was to intimidate and victimize everyone.
Mr. Hichilema was commenting on the blocking of former President Rupiah Banda from flying to Kenya for the inauguration of President Uhuru Kenyatta despite having a court order.
He said that the PF leadership had proved to the people of Zambia that it was more powerful than the constitution, the laws on which the governance of the country was established.
Mr. Hichilema said that his party had been vindicated when it said that the PF wanted to control all institutions of governance starting by killing the opposition before annihilating the judiciary.”We have always been saying these things and it is good that they are happening in 1 year 6 months of the Patriotic Front (PF) party in government under the leadership of President Michael Sata. It is the first time in the history of this country that such a thing is happening.
“I have to warn the PF that they should not take the peace of the nation for granted, the seed they are sowing is very dangerous for this country because it is full of jealousy and selfishness,” said Mr. Hichilema.
He said that the PF has no respect for the constitution of the nation and therefore it was doubtful that they would also respect the constitution they were enacting through the Constitutional Technical Committee sitting in Lusaka. Mr Hichilema described the action by the state to block former president Banda to travel to Kenya even after the court had ordered that he travelled as uncivilized, embarrassing disgraceful and retrogressive.
Mr Hichilema said in an interview that ignoring the court order that Mr Banda should have been allowed to travel to Kenya amounted to the highest order of abuse of power by the PF government.Meanwhile former Zambian Ambassador to Japan Joe Mwale said that the prevention of former President Rupiah Banda from traveling to Kenya despite a court order allowing him to travel had completely dented the image of Zambia.Mr Mwale said disgracing Mr Banda in the manner government did was just denting the country’s image internationally, adding that it also proved that Zambia had no respect for former leaders. “I mean what is this hatred for Mr Banda all about, and it is shameful that people are having grudges against one another. We know there are some cartels that want to achieve their agendas, but they must do it by denting the image of this country. How will people in other countries look at us?” he said.