“Fellow citizens, I have a few words for us all: fear not brethren. It’s true that our country is fast degenerating into a one party state, a police state and a dictatorship. But we must not fear and resign ourselves to cowardice and let the evil State machinery to intimidate us through police brutality,” Njovu, who is also Zambia Congress of Trade Unions deputy general secretary, stated.
” We have a government which does not respect the rule of law, the judiciary and human rights. So let us not fear and resign ourselves to silence. People’s power saved this country from KK’s one party state in 1990. We can deliver this country by resisting evil being perpetrated by those in power,” Njovu stated. “What is beginning to happen here in Zambia is what Museveni does to his people in Uganda. Christians, it is our duty to speak against injustices in the land (Prov. 29:29: Prov. 28:28).”
He stated that it had been profoundly said that the only thing necessary for evil to exist was for good people to remain silent.
“Edmund Burke (1729-1797) – English statesman said: The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing,” Njovu quoted Burke, adding that Zambia belonged to every Zambian and people must be at liberty to enjoy their freedoms.
Last Sunday, Catholic bishops stated that Zambia was now a dictatorship.
The clergymen also condemned the brutal police actions and disregard for people’s rights, the arrest of UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema, the partiality of the judiciary and intimidation of the Law Association of Zambia.