THE Green Party has appealed to the minister of Justice Given Lubinda to start the healing and reconciliation process by extending amnesty to incarcerated opposition UPND members in various prisons across Zambia for various offences.
Green Party president Peter Sinkamba said that the amnesty should be extended even if the official reasons for their detentions was not because of their challenging the legitimacy of the electoral process or political activity.
Mr Sinkamba urged the Ministry of Justice to speedily assist with healing and reconciliation process which was so compelling after unprecedented acrimony and antagonism arising from the just ended presidential and general elections.
Mr Sinkamba said it was imperative that the nation should avoid being labelled as one of the countries in the world which held political prisoners over matters which could be amicably resolved to curtail unnecessary suffering of citizens.
“The names of the said opposition members for whom we appeal for amnesty are as follows: Elisha Matambo, Ronald Manenga, Teddy Kapanda, Abel Musukwa, Stuart Kapumba, Linos Mwila, Cable Matambo and Warren Chinyama. The named are in detention at the Kamfinsa Correctional Facility in Kitwe,” Mr Sinkamba said.
The opposition leader pleaded for amnesty to be extended to Obvious Mwaliteta and other UPND members who are detained at the Lusaka Central Correctional Facility in Lusaka and elsewhere in the nation.
Mr Sinkamba said the Justice Ministry was so crucial to the democratic governance, justice and human rights observance in our nation. He told the Daily Nation that the Green Party was optimistic that the new Justice minister would look into their appeal so that the detained UPND members could be forgiven and set free.