By Fulman Mukobeko.
Patriots for Economic Progress(PeP) leader Sean Enock Tembo (SET) insists that President Edgar Chagwa Lungu should consider following the 1997 precedence set by late Frederick Chiluba when he put coup d’etat suspect Kenneth Kaunda on House Arrest in dealing with a treason case of United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema and five others.
And Tembo says those who are supporting the invoking of article 31 will start feeling the heat when it is fully implemented.
Tembo said following a passionate plea from the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops(ZCCB) led by Archbishop of Lusaka Dioceses Telesphore Mpundu and other stakeholders, the onus is on the Zambian leader to consider putting Hichilema on house arrest.
Tembo said while it is arguable that President Lungu has no powers to influence the Director of Public Prosecution(DPP) to discontinue the treason charge slapped on Hakainde Hichilema and five others, it is a fact that the Zambian leader can facilitate house arrest for his bitter rival.
He said President Lungu should put himself in the shoes of his friend who has been denied rights to be with his family simply because of participating in politics of his country.
Said Tembo: “Let me clarify this issue.There are those who are saying that the President should prevail over the treason case by ordering the DPP to drop the charge and the PF machinery is saying that ‘hey what are you saying President Lungu has no such powers’ and there are some of us who are saying that it is a fact that the President can facilitate house arrest for Hichilema during the process of dialogue as proclaimed by Archbishop Mpundu and others,” Tembo said adding: “Actually there is a precedence set by late Chiluba in 1997 when he put his bitter rival Comrade President Kenneth Kaunda under house arrest,” Tembo said.
And Tembo says the approved threatened
State of Emergency is not something to joke about.
“People who are rejoicing the threatened State of Emergency will state feeling the pinch after it is implemented. Today they maybe comfortable about it but tomorrow things,” said.
Tembo said already the Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja has threatened that some papers will be closed during that period which is a big concern to Journalists in the country.
He said the new political parties will suffer the consequence as they will not be given chance to assemble.