Hague summons await many from Zambia – Sikota

Sakwiba Sikota
Sakwiba Sikota
Opposition United Liberal Party (ULP) President Sakwiba Sikota has charged that International Criminal Court (ICC) summons awaits many people in Zambia in view of the alleged abuse of people’s rights using the Public Order Act.

And Mr. Sikota says he is amazed by the admission by Deputy Inspector General of Police Solomon Jere that he directed the Police Command in Eastern Province to stop the UPND from holding any meetings in areas where there are pending court cases in relation to by-elections out of respect for the judicial process.

Mr. Sikota says Dr. Jere has clearly shown that he does not respect the country’s constitution which provides for freedoms of expression and assembly.

He says there is no Law in Zambia which states that rallies can only be held during elections, adding that if there was going to be an act of contempt of court by the UPND holding its rallies in areas where by-elections are pending, the ruling Patriotic Front lawyers would apply for contempt proceedings to be instituted.

Mr Sikota says in view of such abuses of human rights by the Police, the Attorney General should move in to guide the Police.

He says by watching the Police continue infringing on people’s rights, the Attorney General is throwing away his legacy of being a human rights lawyer.