Power and Politics

Party leader, Banda, alleges Hichilema’s administration running Zambia like colonialists


People’s Alliance for Change (PAC) leader, Andyford Banda, has accused President Hakainde Hichilema and his administration of ruling Zambia like colonialists.

Banda said the New Dawn government under Hichilema was using the country’s flawed laws to punish people like former first lady, Esther Lungu, and alleging that this was the mentality of colonialists.

The former first lady had been formally charged and arrested on counts of theft of motor vehicle.

The PAC leader who had kept a low profile since the 2021 general elections made the allegations through a statement issued in Lusaka on Thursday.

He questioned how an offence such as theft of motor vehicle can be slammed on a former first lady who was the victim in the case and can literarily afford the named vehicles.

“The question is did she really steal the vehicle or the flawed laws are being used for imingalato? Look, people empathy is important,” Banda said.

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He said the former first lady’s only close association to politics was supporting her husband, Edgar Lungu.

“No one should be exempted from the law. But our laws are flawed in most cases and in politics these laws are being used to punish people,” Banda said.

He alleged that the current administration was not different from the colonialists or apartheid regime leaders who created laws to punish people.

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