The Consortium of 18 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) which say they are aggrieved with the acquittal of Fredrick Chiluba have confirmed that they will stage country wide demonstrations.
Transparency International Zambia Executive Director, Goodwill Lungu, on behalf of aligned NGOs has announced that the first such demo will be this coming Saturday in Kitwe.
Lungu said that demonstrations against the ‘dubious’ withdrawal of former president Fredrick Chiluba’s appeal will be taking place every Friday.
He said the major demonstration is planned for Friday, 23rd October 2009, a day before independence day celebrations.
Lungu said the demonstration to State House, the Vice President’s and DPP’s offices will take place on the same day Friday 23rd October 2009.
He said the NGOs have given police two weeks notice for the Lusaka demonstration to enable them to prepare adequately to protect demonstrators.
He said the launch of the Copperbelt demonstration this coming Saturday will see demonstrators march from City Centre to Freedom Park for a mass rally.
Lungu predicted that the demonstrations will spread to Solwezi, Ndola, Mongu, Livingstone and other towns and that dates will be announced in both the print and electronic media.
He further discloses that the Consortium has also with immediate effect launched a countrywide signature collection campaign to petition relevant authorities to reinstate the appeal that was successfully lodged in the high court by the task force on corruption.
He said the signatures will be used to demand for the resignation vice president George Kunda and DPP Chalwe Mchenga for their failure to defend the rule of law and in the provision of equal justice and conspiracy to subvert the course of justice.
He advised members of the public who believe in equality before the law and due process of the law to freely append their signatures at any offices of the 18 members of the civil society consortium countrywide.
Lungu said that in the petition, the Zambian people who are electorate with the power to usher into office national leaders, will reflect on the state of corruption as well as poor governance in Zambia.
He further stated that the petitioners will note how the government has abrogated its duties to appeal against Chiluba’s acquittal.
He added that in the same manner The Post had conducted a “Chiluba is a Thief “petition, they believe in providing a voice for all Zambians to exercise their freedom of expression.