‘Selective justice is not justice at all’

 

Selective Justice is no justice at all. Speaking on my own behalf as a concerned citizen of Zambia and a servant of God in the Catholic Church, I wish to condemn in the strongest terms the closure of the Post News Paper. The end does not justify the means. This is no longer just a technical issue of Tax Administration. This is also an issue of Social Justice! Zambia Revenue Authority needs to be fair and just in the way it applies law. To ensure it is credible, respected and effective, it needs to apply consistently and fairly – against all those who violate its precepts, not just against those who hold different political views, but across the board, the same rules that apply to the friends of the system should be applied to everyone else. Selective justice is a tool for tyranny and corruption. I wonder, though, whether these advocates of “one law for the “post newspaper” and another law for the “friends of the system,” real­ize that they are adopting, in es­sence, the basic principle of all to­talitarian regimes everywhere? The inconsistence in application of tax laws is glaring. Professionalism should have taken the centre stage in resolving this issue as provided by law. Otherwise we are forced to ask the question: why is it that there is a notable absence of enforcement with other media houses and companies, some of which are actually Government controlled? Otherwise an impression is now being created that this is more of abuse of political power and is a source of worry for us citizens. The problem with power is once it possess the heart of a person it effectively blinds a person. Authority should be used for service not to fix perceived opponents. Law is about justice, everyone should be treated the same before the law. The essence of my argument for “social” justice in this matter is that the law should be equally applied and enforced. This is because it is an accepted erroneous principle that authority may deal with the perceived “enemies of the state” as they see fit and that the rules and procedures that normally apply to other people need not ap­ply to these individuals.

Fr. Chanakila Muyunda

Rome – Italy

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