Former Secretary to the Cabinet Dr Sachika says presidential petition must be heard despite dialogue

Police abusing Public Order Act

Police IG Kanganja abusing POA


Former Secretary to the Cabinet Dr Sketchley Sachika has stressed that the presidential petition case by the UPND must continue regardless of what discussions take place between Hakainde Hichilema and Edgar Lungu.
And Dr Sachika has charged that the police has been breaching the constitution and is using the Public Order Act (POA) to do illegalities.
Speaking when he featured on Prime TV on Monday evening, Dr Sachika stressed that the petition must be pursued and heard because it was not limited to Hakainde Hichilema and Edgar Lungu but all Zambians adding that it will help to correct things that have gone wrong in the country.
He noted that the arrest of Hakainde Hichilema was merely a symptom of the problem adding that there was breakdown of democratic governance because the government is not interested in adhering to what the constitution says.
‘I hope dialogue won’t mean dropping the petition, that will be disastrous because the petition involves all Zambians and it should be allowed to go on regardless of discussions that would take place between Hakainde Hichilema and Edgar Lungu,’ Dr Sachika stressed.
He further charged that the 2016 general election was a sham because the PF did not allow the opposition to campaign in certain areas while the PF were using state resources to campaign across the country.
Dr Sachika regretted that even the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) was biased as they did not cover opposition political parties during the campaigns.
He pointed out that the PF organised an election in which they were both referees and players all because they wanted to win at all cost.
And Dr Sachika has charged that the police has been breaching the constitution and is using the Public Order Act (POA) to do illegalities.
Dr Sachika argued that the Public Order Act does not in any way give power to the police to allow or disallow gatherings but only calls for notification of the police within 7 days.
He pointed out that Police Inspector General (PIG) Kakoma Kanganja and his Commissioners can be dragged to court if they act unlawfully.
‘If you don’t act in accordance with the constitution it is illegal and we are allowing the police to do illegal things,’ Dr Sachika observed.
Dr Sachika further lamented that the Human Rights Commission of Zambia was fully aware that the police is acting illegally with regards to the Public Order Act and that police is not supposed to be aiding the political party in power the way they are doing currently yet the Commission has remained mute.

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