In no uncertain terms, the Catholic Bishops of Zambia have written a pastoral letter in which they have bemoaned the deterioration of democratic tenants in Zambia.
The Bishops have taken a swipe at the political leadership, Judiciary and police for lamentably failing to address this deterioration; while condemning the ‘culture of silence’ as they called for genuine dialogue and reconciliation.
Their entire statement is here below;
Embassy of the United States of America
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Public Affairs Officer
April 13, 2017
LAW professor Muna Ndulo says Zambia is rapidly degenerating into a police state as numerous citizens are getting detained without regard to their human rights.
In a statement following police’s arrest of UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema who has since been charged with treason, Prof Ndulo, the director of Berger International Studies Program at Cornell Law School and Cornell Institute for African Development, stated that police must realise that they were not above the law and wondered how President Edgar Lungu, a lawyer by profession, was allowing the absence of rule of law in the country.
Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has been charged with treason for allegedly obstructing President Edgar Lungu's motorcade on a main road, according to police.
On Saturday, Lungu had passed through Mongu - 500km west of the capital, Lusaka - and his motorcade was obstructed because Hichilema's convoy refused to give way, police said.