The Law Association of Zambia should declare its interest in the United Party for National Development (UPND), says the Patriotic Front in Southern Province.
PF Southern Provincial chairman Moses Ngosa accused LAZ of being biased when it came to political comments and advice and that LAZ only pointed out mistakes made by the ruling party and ignored those of the UPND.
He noted that LAZ had allegedly ignored comments by UPND Mazabuka Member of Parliament Garry Nkombo that Southern Province would vote out PF in 2016 but was quick to note comments by Chief Government spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili against the people of a certain region and a certain political party.
‘‘If Mr Nkombo’s statement was not tribal then what was it? We wonder how such a learned body would interpret such a statement made in Parliament, or is it that LAZ can only comment on matters involving PF and the Government?’’ he said.
Mr Ngosa claimed that LAZ’s comments usually reflected partisanship and unfairness against the PF and in support of the opposition UPND. The provincial chairman said there had been many LAZ executive comittees in the past but that PF had never experienced the kind of hate exhibited by the present executive.
‘‘We have noticed that LAZ comments on the PF and it’s government are most of the times full of partisanship and unfair; we have seen so many LAZ committees come and go but we have never seen this hate from LAZ like this one ,’’ Mr Ngosa said.
He challenged LAZ to state its support for the UPND.
Mr Ngona said advisors should be neutral, fair and non-partisan if their messages or advice were to be taken, accepted and absorbed by everyone.
‘‘We challenge LAZ to come out in the open and tell the nation their political position so that we take them on as politicians unlike hiding in LAZ because in tackling tribalism and other social and economic issues affecting the nation, advisors should always be neutral, fair and non- partisan for their messages to be accepted and absorbed by everyone,’’ he added.