Bregadier General Godfrey Miyanda has advaised the Patriotic Front (PF) government against disabling cell-phone facilities for citizens who would not be able to register their mobile phones subscriber identity module (SIM) cards because the action is an abrogation of the citizens’ liberties.
Gen Miyanda has said that if the government was not going to suspend the SIM card registration, he was personally going start advocating for a class action in court to stop the unjustfied errosion of constitutional rights.
“The scheme must not be implemented and if it has to be, then it not under the presidency of President Sata,” Gen Miyanda said.
Gen Miyanda has called on the general citizenry who value their inalieble rights to brace themselves as they embark on participating in a crusade to restore the rights that are curently under threat.
Gen Miyanda has charged that the PF government was using the public media to take advantage of the ignorant majority by highlighting the security and recovery of lost phones aspect which he said several Zambians had latched on in spreaading misinformation.
He said the circumstances under which government had introduced the latest law on the registration of SIM cards was worrying particularly that President Sata had exhibited the propensity of total disregard of the rule of law.
Gen Miyanda who is the Heritage Party (HP) leader said the record for President Sata had set for himself should convince all Zambians including PF sympathysers tht the current regime could not fairly superintend the new law of SIM card registration.
He said politicians were like vultures with the appetite to devour anything in sight and has cautioned Zambians to fall prey to their false humbleness of the politicians who often fake humility when canivsing for votes from the electorate.
He said his party would be contending that there should be no abridgement of or abitrary derogation from the protected rights in Part Three of the Constitution.
Zambians, including PF members and sympatyisers that the PF regime cannot fairly suprintend this piece of legislation whic bears directly on certain civil liberties,” Gen Miyanda said.
Gen Miyanda said it was disconcerting that ta a time when President Sata had declared that there was nothng wrong with the Public Order Act, he was determined to have Zambians register their SIM cards.