Don’t incite violence


…Former Secretary to the Cabinet Sketchley Sacika warned


THE Patriotic Front (PF) intends reporting former Secretary to Cabinet Sketchley Sacika to police for making inflammatory statements meant to incite civil strife in the country.

PF deputy spokesperson Frank Bwalya has said the governing party was making consultations on the statement by Mr Sacika that President Edgar Lungu was committing treason for not ceding power to Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini following the a petition filed in the Constitutional Court by the UPND to declare the re-election of the Head of State null and void.

Mr Bwalya said the PF was aware that one of the Zambian citizens, Selestine Mukandila had petitioned the Constitutional Court to guide the nation on whether President Lungu was expected to cede power to Dr Matibini or not.

He said by commenting on a matter that was before the Constitutional Court, Dr Sacika was being contemptuous and that as a learnt and former top civil servant, Mr Sacika would not plead ignorance as his defence.

Mr Bwalya said Dr Sacika’s statement was a deliberate attempt to undermine the judiciary apart from scheming to cause civil strife in the country.

Yesterday, Dr Sacika was quoted in some sections of the media as saying President Lungu was committing treason by insisting to stay in power as Republican President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces when there was a petition against his re-election.

Dr Sacika accused the incumbent Secretary to the Cabinet Dr Roland Msiska of misleading the country that President Lungu would stay in power as Republican President and Commander-in-Chief pending the determination of the petition.

But Mr Bwalya said the Patriotic Front (PF) has already started consulting over the matter in order to report Dr Sacika to the police and make him account for his irresponsible statement.

“The statement by Dr Sacika is highly irresponsible and as a sympathizer of UPND we know that his statement is made to incite civil strife. As such we are making efforts to consult so that we can report him to the police as way to make him account for the statement,” he said.

He said the statement by Dr Sacika was therefore highly contemptuous, adding that as a learned person who saved at the highest level in the civil service he could not plead ignorance about the court process.

“We know that this is a deliberate attempt on his part to undermine the judiciary and above all to incite civil strife,” Mr Bwalya said.


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