Zambians in diaspora weigh-in on HH arrest

Hakainde Hichilema at Woodlands police station after being arrested-picture by Tenson Mkhala

A group of Zambians in the diaspora called “Good Governance Initiative in North America and Canada” says the fight against Hakainde Hichilema is targeted at burying democracy and human rights in Zambia.

In a statement sent to News Diggers! today, GGI publicity secretary Noel Musokotwane who is based in New York, said the PF government was not fighting Hichilema but the Constitution of Zambia.

“We are deeply saddened by the government’s inability to follow the laws that they make. As Zambians, we realise that this is not a fight against HH or UPND, it is a fight against our Constitution, our human rights and our democracy. We therefore demand the immediate and unconditional release of HH,” Musokotwane stated.

“We also call on the international community, including the African Union and SADC to rise to the occasion and defend our democracy. It is so disheartening to observe that so far no statement has been issued by the African Union who are supposed to be the custodians of African democracy.”

He stated that the police were holding HH responsible for their professional incompetence.

“HH should not be held responsible for the failure by law enforcement to execute their duties accordingly while the President was in Mongu last weekend. The police should have ensured that the road on which President Lungu would pass was cleared before they drove him to Limulunga. But instead of holding the police accountable HH is being blamed,” stated Musokotwane.

         

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