Words by the Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty that human rights abuse cases in Zambia are on the increase have not sat too well with Zambian DNA Spokesman Spuki Mulemwa.
In a telephone conversation from Mongu, Western Province, Mr. Mulemwa advised International Watchdogs not to fall prey to disgruntled and bitter critics of the pro-poor Patriotic Front (PF) Government, who want regime change at all cost.
An audibly agitated Mulemwa condemned Amnesty International branding the ‘watchdog’ body as alarmist team, saying they brand themselves as whistle blowers in Zambia, a country with clean human rights records.
Mulemwa is extremely agitated following a meeting Shetty held with United Party for National Development (UPND) President Hakainde Hichilema and UPND Vice President for Administration Dr. Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba in Lusaka’s New Kasama.
Earlier, the Amnesty International Chief Mr. Shetty met President Edgar Chagwa Lungu at State House, during which the Zambian leader dared critics to show him (ECL) wrongs committed by the PF leadership.
“The Media Statement from Amnesty International is misleading and out of context. The Amnesty International alleged that human rights were trampled upon via the Public Order Act (POA) and the invocation of Article 31. Government invited stakeholders to make submissions to the amendment of the POA but to date no one has done so. It is common knowledge that there is nothing sinister about this law. Zambians have enjoyed and continue to enjoy freedom of assembly, association, worship as well as freedom of the media even during the period of the just ended Threatened State of Emergency,” Mulemwa protested.
The famed ‘Uhuru’ freedom song artiste said ‘Freedom of Speech is being abused by ‘Armchair Critics’ of President Edgar Chagwa Lungu’s PF Government with impunity yet Amnesty International is quiet.
Mulemwa urged the international rights group to consider taking President Lungu’s advise and independently investigate alleged human rights abuse cases in Zambia instead of listening to bitter critics of the Zambian Government.
“But they should be alive to the fact that their findings will be subjected to scrutiny,” Mulemwa stated.