By Nation Reporter
THE statement by Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba that the UPND once in government will strip President Edgar Lungu of his immunity from prosecution is a warning that the opposition party does not believe or respect the rule of law and would therefore be a danger to the governance of the country, Vincent Mwale has warned.
Mr Mwale, who is acting Information and Broadcasting Services minister, said although Government was not surprised with the uncoordinated utterances by Mr Mwamba, Zambians were wondering if the UPND would turn itself into judge, jury and executioner if it formed government after the August general elections.
Mr Mwale said Mr Mwamba’s threats of arresting President Lungu and send him to jail together with Daily Nation proprietor Richard Sakala was a warning that the UPND would have no regard of the due process of the law as its main preoccupation would be to persecute citizens they did not like.
Mr Mwale said in a statement yesterday Mr Mwamba apart from exhibiting his dislike for President Lungu and Mr Sakala did not state any substantive issue in his allegations of corruption against President Lungu.
He explained that Government was wondering how an alleged personal transaction between Mr Mwamba and Mr Sakala could become a national matter to warrant stripping President Lungu of his immunity and sending him to jail along with the Daily Nation proprietor.
He stated that the UPND would be a danger to the country’s good governance system because the leadership of the party had openly exhibited lack of respect of the rule of law apart from threatening vindictiveness and vengeance against citizens.
“Government, although no longer surprised by Mr Mwamba’s uncoordinated utterances, wonders whether the UPND administration, if at all they would form government, would be that of the judge, the jury, and the executioner,” Mr Mwale said.
He however said it was comforting that Zambia was in the hands of President Lungu who had brought a new lease of life in the governance system of the country by adhering to the doctrine of the separation of powers in which the executive, the legislature and the judiciary did not interfere with each other.
“If Mr Mwamba has any modicum of integrity left in him, he would surely avoid the ambivalence surrounding his political identity and seek a more clearly defined personality. Government further advises Mr Mwamba to apply serious self-introspection to save the little that has remained of his discredited political career,” Mr Mwale said.