The United Prosperous & Peaceful Zambia (UPPZ) says it is saddened by the recent politically charged statement made by the Inspector General of Police, Graphael Musamba, following the arrest of Socialist Party president Fred M’membe.
Musamba on Tuesday vowed to defend the constitution at any cost and would do what it takes to smash any rebellion being instigated by the Socialist Party and its leader, M’membe.
UPPZ President, Charles Chanda, in a statement issued in Lusaka on Wednesday said such behaviour was unacceptable and goes against the fundamental principles of a democratic society.
“As the leader of United Prosperous & Peaceful Zambia, I strongly condemn any form of unprofessionalism and politicisation within our national institutions, especially those entrusted with the duty to protect and serve our community,” Chanda said.
He said the rights of every Zambian, regardless of their political affiliation, must be respected and no one should be unfairly targeted or victimised based on their personal beliefs and opinions.
Chanda said the police have a duty to investigate and arrest suspects only when there was concrete evidence of wrongdoing, and the final verdict should be left to the impartial courts of law.
The UPPZ leader urged the Inspector General of Police to take immediate corrective measures and cease any further unprofessional conduct.
“The appointment of the Inspector General must not be influenced by political affiliation but rather be done through an independent body with ratification of Parliament,” he said.
Chanda called on the government and leaders in positions of authority to make a conscious effort to uphold the principles of professionalism and non-partisanship in all aspects of governance.
“As we navigate through these turbulent times, let us never forget to put our humanity first, for that is what truly defines us as Zambians,” he said.
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