Saturday, April 06, 2013

PF has created a dictatorship, says HH

By Kabanda Chulu
Fri 05 Apr. 2013, 14:01 CAT

THE political situation in the country is deteriorating due to poor governance by the PF administration, says UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema.

And Hichilema claimed that UPND is a staunch supporter of the fight against corruption but is not happy with the vengeful manner in which the PF government is handling the crusade.

In an interview with BBC Newsday radio programme yesterday, Hichilema said Zambia would soon degenerate into a failed state.

"Currently the political environment is not conducive in the country. Imagine, we are not even in time of elections but government cannot allow us to assemble freely, yet not many years ago, the PF was in opposition with us and such things never used to happen," he said.

Hichilema said the rule of law had broken down in the country.

"PF has created a dictatorship, they don't respect the rule of law, they don't respect the Electoral Commission. I never thought Zambians will see police brutality after 1991," Hichilema said.

"They arrested us on trumped-up charges, that we in UPND have killed someone and they beat us with gun butts, put us in filthy cells with feacal matters on the ground and young men in the next cell were beaten the whole night."

Asked about the removal of former President Rupiah Banda's immunity, Hichilema said Parliament was wrong to remove the immunity.

"We do support the fight against corruption but in the manner the PF is doing it…it is sheer revenge. Even the removal of the immunity was not handled properly. There is legal process going on and this shows that Legislature has started overriding the Judiciary which is wrong," said Hichilema.

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