IIDCR implores Sata to pardon RB
Lusaka October 16, 2014,ZANIS— The International Institute of Democracy and Conflict Resolutions (IIDCR) has recommended that President Michael Sata drops all charges levelled against former President Rupiah Banda as part of the jubilee celebrations.
Organisation president Tresford Chomba told ZANIS in a statement that this will set a precedence saying the country cannot afford to continue humiliating leaders who have served the nation by parading them before the courts of law.
Mr. Chomba also recommended that the late former President Frederick Chiluba should be honoured posthumously.
He proposed that a university that is being constructed in Luapula Province be named after him.
He said Dr. Chiluba might have made mistakes but he was still a hero who fought for multipartism noting that the legacy follows him.
Mr. Chomba further recommends that the draft constitution be released to the general public as part of the jubilee gift to the Zambians.
He said there was need for the country to dialogue over those articles with intricacies by removing them and forge ahead with national development.
Mr. Chomba added that the President should also pardon former Defence Minister George Mpombo and all prisoners regardless of the offences they committed.
He said as a party in power, the Patriotic Front should maintain discipline and coordination at all levels so that there are no divisions and confusions.
Mr. Chomba noted that since ascending to power, President Sata has exhibited the most enviable level of leadership characterised with pardoning many prisoners.