Power and Politics

Party leader, Silavwe, accuses Hichilema of tempering with state institutions in pursuit of personal agenda (video)


Golden Party of Zambia (GPZ) president, Jackson Silavwe, has accused President Hakainde Hichilema of having no regard for democracy and only invoked it when it favoured him or wanted to push his personal agenda.

Silavwe said the conduct of the Zambia Police (ZP), Registrar of Societies (RoS) and National Assembly in the Patriotic Front (PF) saga showed that, collectively they could assault the country’s democracy at will as long as it advanced their interests.

Silavwe in a statement issued in Lusaka on Wednesday said democracy to the United Party for National Development (UPND) and Hichilema was to bend to their personal will.

He said state institutions in a democratic state derive md their power and legitimacy from instruments of democracy such as laws enshrined in the Constitution and statutes.

“How then can state institutions that respond to the whims of the executive and act in a biased manner that assaults the basic tenets of democracy claim legitimacy,” Silavwe wondered.

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He questioned how the Police safeguarded the nation’s democracy when they were in the forefront raping it.

Silavwe said the Police were blatantly acting like they occupied the premises of a private club when no court order had been issued to that effect.

“Every right thinking democracy loving citizen must be very worried about the conduct of the police and its sister institutions, next it will be you or me,” he said.

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