Government has advised opposition United Party for National Development ( UPND ) leader Hakainde Hichilema to desist from issuing untrue and misguided and misleading statements.
Chief government spokesman Joseph Katema said that Mr Hichilema’s allegations attributed to him in today’s Daily Nation newspaper over Malawian Judge Lovemore Chikopa are baseless.
Dr Katema said Judge Chikopa has gone back to Malawi as the tribunal he is supposed to chair is still a subject of legal contentions in the courts of law.
He said Mr Hichilema should be cited for contempt of court for commenting on maters that he knows very well are before the courts of law.
Dr Katema said government is a firm believer in the independence of the judiciary and will not allow people like Mr Hichilema to interfere with the operations of the Judiciary for political expediency.
He said Zambians expect national leaders to address them on national issues from a well informed and researched position.
Dr Katema who is also Information and broadcasting services Minister has since appealed to political groupings to choose leaders with experience in leadership at grass-root level so that they avoid embarrassments such as Mr. Hichilema’s.
The Information and Broadcasting minister said this in a statement to ZANIS today.
The UPND leader is quoted in today’s edition of the daily Nation as having called for the arrest of Judge Chikopa for allegedly plundering Zambia’s limited resources due to his continued stay in the country.