The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and other security wings are facing unprecedented levels of abuse and corruption under the Patriotic Front (PF) government, says newly formed Republican Progressive Party president James Lukuku.
And Mr. Lukuku said that Bembas’ had a responsibility to help President Michael Sata to govern the country in an acceptable manner which should inspire the people of Zambia rather than the current vengeful and dictatorial system he has adopted.
Addressing the Press yesterday at Protea Hotel in Lusaka, Mr. Lukuku said that it had become evident enough that the PF government was above the law that govern the Anti-Corruption Commission and other security agencies in the manner they were abusing these institutions of governance.
He said that it was disappointing that the PF government had turned the ACC, the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) and Zambia Police into tools of persecuting the opposition leaders in the manner the late President Levy Mwanawasa persecuted the late president Dr. Frederick Chiluba over what he called fake charges of corruption.
Mr. Lukuku said that Mr. Mwanawasa hated Dr. Chiluba such that he lied against him in parliament when he presented false accusations of corruption amounting to billions of dollars which led to the removal of immunity.
He said that the move to have the former president Chiluba lose immunity and face prosecution benefited only the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mutembo Nchito and his friends who immersed wealth at the expense of justice for Zambians.
“How much money did Mr. Mutembo Nchito recover from the Chiluba issue? Nothing but don’t forget that he was paid a lot of money. Disappointedly the Mwanawasa’s false accusations against Dr. Chiluba did not yield anything as no money was recovered. Actually Mr. Mutembo Nchito even managed to ransack the container at Access Financial Services in 2005 and got Dr. Chiluba’s shoes. Up to now we don’t know where those shoes have been taken. We demand that he tells the nation where those shows have been taken,” he said.
Mr. Lukuku said that with Mr. Nchito at the helm of the Justice System as Chief for prosecutions, Zambians should not expect justice in the case of former President Rupiah Banda following his removal of immunity.
He said that his party would petition President Sata to prevail over the matter and drop what he called fake and trumped up charges against Mr. Banda because there was no wide spread demand for the removal of immunity of the former head of state.
Mr. Lukuku also demanded that the Speaker of National Assembly Patrick Matibini steps aside for exhibiting high levels of incompetency in the manner he was conducting parliamentary business.
And Mr. Lukuku said that Bembas has a huge responsibility to advise President Sata to stop tribalism being exhibited by his government.
He said that it was a responsibility of Bembas to help President Sata stop tribal politics spearhead by his government.
“If you are a president and only appointing people from your region to government and other positions then you are seriously promoting tribalism in the country. There is need to stop these tribal tricks as they have a negative bearing on the peace of the nation,” he said.
Meanwhile Mr. Lukuku said that his newly launched party would promote good governance which would propel human development, clean political culture, social and economic benchmarks.
He said that his party would ensure that it promotes a strong foundation of governance by respecting the rule of law and constitutionalism.
Mr. Lukuku also said that his party proposes that the nation adopts the American Federal Constitution as it would hold and safeguard human rights, liberties, the rule of law and respect for natural justice.
He appealed to the youths across the country to rally behind a new blood of leadership whose aim was to bring meaningful change to the nation through the provision of credible checks and balances.