President Sata has no respect for anyone and the fact that he disowned and publicly rebuked the Attorney General, his official Chief Legal Advisor, confirms that he does not even respect the laws that he swore to defend, protect and observe, Heritage Party president Brigadier General Godfrey Miyanda has said.
“We are no longer safe under this system of abuse of power. The sooner the PF Government begins to rule by example the better for us all. He said.
General Miyanda said the latest threats by President Sata delivered personally in the House of Chiefs may be an ominous sign of what is yet to come and must be taken seriously by all citizens and all chiefs in particular adding that there was no need for Chief Jumbe to apologise because “he did nothing wrong”
“The President’s address is like the biblical “writing on the wall”. First it was Parliament, then some Church leaders, followed by Senior Chief Nzamane and Chief Madzimawe; then Senior Chief Mwamba and now Chief Jumbe. You must consider an attack on one chief as an attack on all of you. That is why we call upon you to use the President’s speech as material for your full debate.” He wrote.
General Miyanda said Chief Jumbe was correct in advising Paramount Chief Mpezeni to avoid partisan politics because his advice is supported by Article 129 of the Constitution which commands that “a person SHALL NOT, while remaining a Chief, join or participate in partisan politics.
“We declare that the President does NOT have the powers he claims to have over chiefs or traditional leaders. There are procedures to be followed before removing a chief from his or her throne. This power is reposed, NOT in the President, but in the communities themselves through their systems of selection and succession.” He said.
He disagreed with the President that parading of Paramount Chief Mpezeni at a PF campaign rally in Chipata was a courtesy call saying protocol demands that such courtesy calls be made at the palace of a chief.
“But we know that the President was using the chief to campaign for him and he should admit this truth. In fact he also paraded District Commissioners at the same rally, all of whom made campaign speeches for the PF candidate.” He said.
He urged the chiefs to debate fully the President’s address which he said was an affront to the whole House of Chiefs adding that the Chairperson of the House of Chiefs, Senior Chief Nkomeshya Mukamambo II, who was in the House was equally insulted.
“We call upon our President to desist from governing by intimidation and instilling fear in citizens. Threats are not a sign of power or authority; oftentimes they may point to a state of insecurity and/or fear by those uttering them. Our Chiefs must not fear one of their subjects who is now called PRESIDENT; respect and fear are two different things..” General Miyanda said.
Meanwhile President Michael Sata is stretching the people’s patience and tolerance by his continued actions of breaching the constitution and that soon, he will have to account for all his political transgressions, a civil rights activist, Brebner Changala has warned.
Mr Changala has said that Mr Sata had done nothing but divide the country since he came to power in 2011 and has called on Zambians to stop the impunity the PF and its leadership was exhibiting towards citizens.
Mr Changala said President Sata had taken the people of Zambia for granted for far too long and that it was time that Zambians put a stop to such kind of mediocrity before the country was thrown into turmoil because of a man who had no idea how a country could be governed.