PRESIDENT Michael Sata has snubbed the people of Mangango Constituency by boycotting the campaign for the Patriotic Front (PF) candidate Rodgers Lyambayi Lingweshi in today’s by-election because he has nothing to tell the people after making unfulfilled promises in 2011, the United Party for National Development (UPND) has charged.
And Kitwe High Court judge in charge Catherine Makungu has issued a bench warrant against United Party for National Development (UPND) President Hakainde Hichilema for failing to appear before the court in a case where an application has been made against him for alleged contempt of court.
Mr Hichilema was scheduled to appear before the Kitwe High court in a case in which acting Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda applied for contempt of court against the UPND leader.
The UPND leader was quoted in the Daily Nation Newspaper of June 12th this year under the headline “PF Ministers courting UPND’ in which he allegedly made direct reference to Ms Justice Chibesakunda’s position and tenure of office as acting Chief Justice.
This is in the case in which the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has sued the Attorney General and Justice Chibesakunda over her re -appointment as Supreme Court Judge.
Mr Hichilema was supposed to appear in court on July 9, this year, but the matter was adjourned to August 18, but he failed to turn up.
Mr Hichilema’s lawyers are handling the matter.
And the UPND says the violence that characterized the Mangango Constituency by-election campaigns was being perpetrated by the PF and that the opposition political party is disappointed that the Zambia Police has completely failed to act professionally even after the Electoral Commission of Zambia demanded impartiality from Inspector General of Police Stella Libongani.
UPND deputy secretary general Kuchunga Simusamba said the people of Mangango and Western Province were disappointed that President Sata was unable to travel to Kaoma to tell them what his government was doing and what had not been done.
Since the dawn of multi-party politics in 1991, President Sata is the only Head of State to have failed to campaign for his by-election parliamentary candidate.
Mr Simusamba said President Sata had snubbed the people of Mangango because he had allegedly exhausted all the lies he made during his campaigns in 2011.
He said Mr Sata knew that Zambians were angry that his government had failed to deliver even the basics necessities such as clean water and good sanitation.
Mr Simusamba said this at a media briefing at the UPND secretariat in Lusaka yesterday.
He said it was regrettable that President Sata had decided to withdraw from public life when he had a lot to explain to Zambians about the state of the nation. Mr Simusamba said the by-elections that were being induced by the ruling party could have given President Sata oppotunity to spell out economic and social policies.
He said the people of Mangango were not happy that President Sata had allowed Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba who annoyed the people by telling them that President was taking development to every part of the country when he did not have the courage to face them over the many failed 2011 campaign promises.
“The people of Mangango and Western Province in general were expecting President Sata to visit them during this time when there is a by-election tomorrow (today). It was their expectation that the President would go to Mangango and tell the electorate why they should vote for the PF candidate, Rodgers Lyambayi Lingweshi but they are annoyed that the President has snubbed them.
We have been in Mangango and have not seen President Sata not even in pictures.
But we understand why he has boycotted the people of Mangango and it is because he has exhausted all the lies and fear that Zambians would remind him about his promises,” Mr Simusamba said.
And Mr Simusamba said the PF had realised that they would never win the Mangango seat and had resorted to violence with the hope of having the by-election canceled.
He said the Zambia Police were failing to act professionally because they were being intimidated by cadres and other senior PF officials who were threatening to either demote them or cause their transfer if they did not allow the ruling party cadres to engage in violence.
Mr Simusamba said it had become clear that the police and the PF were allegedly collaborating because from the time the PF came into power and stated creating by-elections, it had been only the UPND cadres that were getting arrested.
He said it was not a coincidence that each time there was violence, the UPND cadres who were often the victims of the vice were getting arrested and beaten by the police.
Mr Simusamba said UPND was convinced that the PF and the Zambia police were collaborating because the police had lost all the cases in which they had arrested the opposition political cadres and officials on account of violence.
“We do not see the police improving their professional conduct even after ECZ had asked them to be seen to be fair and professional because we have seen PF cadres threatening and intimidating them.
The PF knows it has lost the Mangango seat and for us, it is only about how wide the margin of the win will be.
The police should be ashamed that they have lost all the cases in which they have arrested UPND cadres on false grounds of violence,” Mr Simusamba said.