The Human Rights Commission has condemned the attack by Patriotic Front cadres on UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema in Ndola, and has the urged the Police to start prosecuting all perpetrators.
Commenting on the attack by PF cadres on Mr Hichilema while appearing on Ndola’s SUN FM radio, Commission Spokesperson Samuel Kasankha in a statement issued to QFM News says such incidents are a big threat to public order and national security and that everything possible must be done to permanently stop them immediately.
Mr Kasankha notes that when violence is not contained in good time, it tends to escalate and when it does, criminal elements take advantage and subject the general populace to serious human rights violations such as robberies, looting, rape and murder among other things.
He says the changeover from one party to multiparty democracy embraced in 1991 symbolized a new political order which emphasizes the total respect for the rights and freedoms of individuals and other interest groups to not just exist and express themselves and operate freely without interference from anybody, but also to be fully protected by security agents as they do so.
Mr Kasankha adds that the Constitution guarantees everybody to freely participate in the public affairs and governance of the country, including public criticism of government policies, without being subjected to intimidation and threats by those who may not agree with such criticism.
Mr Kasankha states that it is an inalienable right for anyone to freely express themselves on matters affecting them.
He further states that while PF Secretary General Wynter Kabimba should be commended for condemning the attacks in Ndola, the PF should go further by making a stronger statement that undertakes to expel any members identified to have participated in attacks on opposition members or any other individuals for that matter.