President Sata has been urged to break his silence and speak out against the increasing human rights violations being perpetrated by state and party agents in this country, says FODEP executive director Macdonald Chipenzi.
Mr Chipenzi said it was disturbing that despite reports of citizens being killed, maimed, harassed, intimidated and beaten up, President Sata had remained extremely silent.
“One wonders whether Zambia still has any trace of the rule of law as promised by the head of state or it has become a rule of powerful men in society. This is a cause for worry and needs quick intervention to bring back the honor and envy the global world had for Zambia with regards to its human rights record and the respect of rule of law,” Mr Chipenzi said.
Mr Chipenzi was also concerned at the breakdown of the principle of the rule of law and separation of powers as demonstrated by police’s failure to grant citizens their rights to assembly, and government’s failure to respect court orders.
And the Gallant Youth in Zambia (GYZ) executive director Henry Mulenga said silence by government on the continued violence the country has been witnessing is fueling speculations that the President is condoning violence.
Mr Mulenga alleged that government had a hand in all brutal attacks that were perpetrated against innocent people with divergent views, and advised that the President should order the immediate arrest of the culprits.
Mr Mulenga has cautioned the PF government that the same thugs that were being used to brutalise innocent citizens would one day turn against them.
“As a youth organisation, we are concerned about the continued harassment of innocent Zambians by the PF thugs while the President has remained silent.”
As much as we are concerned, I doubt if there is any other group of violent youths in the society who can be so courageous as to intimidate and beat innocent citizen in the presence of the police. The President’s continued silence on such issues is questionable,” he said.
Mr Mulenga claimed that reports indicating that the PF government was violating the human rights in the country would definitely catch up with them.