Judge Chikopa must be arrested


Embattled Malawian Judge Lovemore Chikopa should immediately go back to his country or be arrested for plundering Zambia’s limited purse as he has continued to receive allowances for doing nothing in the country, United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema has demanded.

Hichilema has said President Michael Sata should be held accountable for having allowed Judge Chikopa to continue drawing allowances for his discredited tribunal that had failed to commence sittings because of serious legal challenges it faced from inception.

Hichilema wondered why Judge Chikopa was still in Zambia when his tribunal had become a failed project against Supreme Court Judge Philip Musonda and two High Court Judges, Charles Kajimanga and Nigel Mutuna.

Hichilema claimed that Judge Chikopa was a relative of President Sata through his former wife and that was why he had been allowed him to continue staying in the country and enjoying public funds for malingering.

He said Zambia had yet again ran out of antiretroviral drugs, the life-saving drugs and yet President Sata had found it prudent to continue spending money on the Malawian Judge.

“Judge Lovemore Chikopa has continued to stay in Zambia malingering while Zambians have continued paying him. What is going on with this Malawian Judge and his tribunal? Please, go back to your country because you cannot continue enjoying our tax payers’ money for malingering in our country. We have run out of ARVs again and yet President Sata finds it prudent to continue paying his relative for doing nothing,” Hichilema said.

And Hichilema has demanded an immediate end to police brutality because Zambians were tired of the unprofessional conduct of the Inspector General of Police Stella Libongani and her deputy Solomon Jere.

He said President Sata was causing confusion in the country so that he could find a reason to impose a state of emergency and postpone the general elections in 2016.

Hichilema said President Sata was militarizing the country by allowing PF cadres to continue grabbing people’s land while the police were looking on as bystanders and communities were terrorised.

“Land grabbing has become the order of the day and many citizens are now living under fear because the PF cadres are terrorizing communities, grabbing their land and damaging their properties with no one to stop them. The PF cadres are now wearing military uniform and there is no one to stop them because when you are a PF cadre, you are above the law. By the time we are going to be through with Sata, civil life would have been completely militarized and these cadres will be raiding people’s homes at will,” Hichilema said.

Hichilema has reiterated his allegations that the PF was scheming to manipulate the contents of the draft constitution so that they could extend the presidential term from the constitutional five to eight years.