Sunday, July 27, 2014

Zambian justice system selective - Mwiimbu
By Moses Kuwema
Thu 23 Jan. 2014, 14:01 CAT

MONZE UPND member of parliament Jack Mwiimbu says the justice system in Zambia is selective.

Speaking when Caritas Zambia officials led by the unit head of programmes Eugene Kabilika appeared before the parliamentary committee on legal affairs which he chairs, on Monday, Mwiimbu (right) said there was selective prosecution of individuals and wondered how justice could be carried out.

"An example I would give is when individuals within the PF say there is a militia within their party, they are not arrested but when others from the opposition say the same thing, they are arrested," said Mwiimbu in an apparent reference to the summoning of the UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema to Woodlands police station following the allegations he made that the PF had sent militias to Kasama to beat up Alliance for a Better Zambia president Frank Bwalya who had travelled to the area.

And Kabilika said it was sad to note that selective justice was being perpetuated in the country where people who committed similar offences were treated differently.

He said the slow pace of the judicial reforms had been a challenge and that there had been no clear road map on where the reforms should start from.

"The judicial reforms are necessary if the country is to enjoy its democracy," said Kabilika.

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