THE Nigerian national, Olanerwaju Suraju is a wanted person in Zambia for contempt charges and must have the decency to respect Zambian judicial institutions if he is a fighter of corruption, civil rights activist Brebner Changala has said.
Mr Changala said Mr Suraju, who heads the Nigerian Civil Society Network Against Corruption was not a competent judicial officer to determine whether former president Rupiah Banda was guilty of corruption or innocent.
He told the Daily Nation that Mr Suraju was behaving like a hired gun and a court unto himself.
The civil rights activist said Mr Suraju was once in Zambia and the moment he was served with summons over contempt charges, he ran away and that Zambians did not even know the airport he used to go back to his country.
He said it was not surprising that Mr Suraju had been recruited into what he termed ‘the fountain of hate’ by those whose agenda was to continue demonizing former president Banda even after he had been acquitted of corruption by competent Zambian courts.
Mr Changala said the Nigerian government had official representation in Zambia through their embassy and Mr Suraju should not be allowed to usurp the powers of the diplomats representing the West African country by casting aspersions on the Zambian judicial system.
He said if Mr Suraju was an honest man and genuine about the fight against corruption, he should have come to Zambia instead of attacking former president Banda, President Edgar Lungu and the Zambia judicial system from outside.
Mr Changala charged that Mr Suraju had been recruited into the hate machinery being manned by what he terms the fountain of evil that has over the past years mastered the art of manipulating the presidency so that they could govern from behind.
“My take on this one is that Mr Suraju has been recruited into the hate machinery being manned by members of the fountain of hate to continue demonizing Mr Banda even when he has been acquitted by our competent courts.
“Let him be reminded that he is not a competent judicial jurisdiction and he must have the decency of respecting our institutions if he is serious about fighting corruption, When you go to court, you should expect two things to happen and it is either one is cleared or found guilty” Mr Changala said.
Mr Changala said people should not view judicial justice only when the people they hated were convicted by the courts and advised that the courts should not be attacked when they delivered judgments that some people did not agree with.
He said Mr Suraju had joined the bandwagon of schemers, haters and slanderers whom he said had accused United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema of bitterness when he used to criticize the leadership of President Michael Sata (late).
“The route Mr Suraju has taken will not achieve anything but just waste his time.
“The bandwagon of schemers has dreams and nightmares that are incomplete without seeing shadows of President Lungu and former president Banda.
“They think about President Lungu and Mr Banda in the night, morning, afternoon and indeed through their dinner.
“They are the same people who have accused Hakainde Hichilema of being bitter yet they are more bitter than quinine and it is this bitterness that will bury them because they behave like small gods,” Mr Changala said.