Zambia will be ungovernable if leaders continue to entertain people who are breaching the law with impunity, says Forum for Democratic Process (FODEP) executive director MacDonald Chipenzi.
Mr Chipenzi said it was disappointing that even the Head of State smiled at people who had continued to commit crimes in his presence.
He said that the PF government has failed to protect the Constitution which it promised to defend under oath.
Mr Chipenzi charged that Zambia would be ungovernable if authorities continued to expose themselves publicly as fervent law breakers.
He said it was for this reason that the people of Zambia have lost hope in many institutions like the Police to protect innocent citizens.
“We are appealing to the President not to continue to smile at people who are breaching the law with impunity, and we are not happy with what happened in Chipata where the high command of police was paraded at the rally as this proved the partiality of the police,’ he said.
Mr Chipenzi further said the behaviour of Paramount Chief Mpezeni of the Ngoni speaking people during the PF political rally in Chipata was a clear violation of supreme law of the land.
And Gallant Youth in Zambia (GYZ) executive director Henry Mulenga said that the President must stop attacking vulnerable citizens who could not defend themselves because he was protected by the law.
Mr Mulenga said it was embarrassing that the head of state was in the forefront disparaging people in public at the expense of addressing national affairs.
He said the remarks by President Sata when he rebuked Alliance for Better Zambia (ABZ) President Fr Frank Bwalya that he was out of wedlock child (Mwana wamuchigololo) must be condemned because entering matrimonial issues in public was an insult to women who were major casualties.
“President Sata must be at the center stage to unite the people of Zambia, and it is really embarrassing that whenever he appears in public, he must say something to rebuke vulnerable citizens who cannot be protected or defend themselves,” he said.
Mr Mulenga said the head of state must put integrity first because his office was supreme and preoccupying himself with poor citizens was not a respectable example of good governance.
“And we are appealing to women movement organisations and the First Lady not to tolerate such utterances by the President because they are insults to the womenfolk,” he said.