FDD deputy national secretary and party spokesperson Antonio
Mwanza says no matter how much the PF government tries to
silence all those with divergent views, good will always
triumph over evil.
And Mwanza has questioned President Edgar Lungu’s role in
authorizing who sees incarcerated UPND leader Hakainde
In a statement titled “Why is HH still in prison?”, Mwanza
stated that the PF would not kill the spirit of Zambians to
speak out on the wrongs in government.
In case you have forgotten, HH was arrested for a traffic
offence of obstructing the Presidential motorcade. When
the matter came up in court, the State failed to prosecute
the matter and instead opted to enter a nolle prosequi. So
just to set the record straight, the reason why HH is still
incarcerated has nothing to do with the reason he was
initially arrested for, that is, the Mongu traffic
debacle. So why is he still incarcerated? Your guess is
as good as mine but one thing is a fact for sure: The PF
government is hell-bent on using and abusing state
institutions such as the police, ACC and the judiciary to
sort out their political enemies, real or perceived.
They will stop at nothing to cage and silence anyone who is
holding them to account for their actions,
What comforts some of us is the fact that no matter what they
may try to do to silence us, they can’t kill the
spirit. Good will always triumph over evil.
He wondered why some Zambians were commending President Lungu
for permitting the Catholic bishops, former Nigerian president
Olusegun Obasanjo and Commonwealth secretary general Patricia
Scotland to visit Hichilema at Mukobeko when he is neither the
commissioner of prisons nor a prison warder.
I have heard some narrow minded folks praising President
Lungu for ‘allowing’ certain individuals such as the Catholic
Bishops and other notables to visit HH in prison. Really! Why
should the President be the one to authorise who sees HH?
Issues to deal with who visits or not visit a suspect fall
under the ambit of the Courts and the prison authorities. And
the last time I checked, I found that President Lungu is
neither the Court nor a Commissioner of Prisons, let
alone a prison warder, so why is he the one authorising
Why is HH being treated like a convicted criminal when the
man is innocent until proven otherwise by a competent court
of law? They want to break the man; they want to break his
spirit, compromise his health and literally destroy his life.
We have seen so many people whose lives have been destroyed
by the system, through systematic, incarcerations, Dean
Mung’omba, Musakanya, Captain Solo, Archie and the
least goes on and on.
He stated that Mukobeko prison was “a hell of a place” for any
“It was meant for condemned hardcore criminals. It is not
a reformatory facility as some semantics suggest, no, it is a
hole, a chiller that is meant to punish and not to reform a
prisoner. It is clear that PF’s strategy is to instill fear in
the citizens, fear of arrest, fear of losing friends and
contacts, fear of losing business, fear of losing a
job, fear, fear, fear and more fear. But why should a
government resort to threats, arrests and intimidation in
dealing with those that doesn’t agree with it? That is exactly
what happens when a party in power or a government has failed
to provide leadership. When power is placed in wrong hands what
follows is abuse of state institutions, corruption, theft,
massive unemployment, widespread poverty, squalor and
destitution and of course violence, arbitrary arrests and
even extra judicial killings,” Mwanza stated.
“They have caged HH to not only slow him or eliminate him from
the political scene but to send a chill and a signal to
everyone, especially his supporters that if you do or say
anything you shall brutally be dealt with…Now they have blocked
the media from covering HH’s trial because of the traction it
is gaining internationally and for fear of the embarrassment
his captors are likely to suffer at the hands of one Berbeto
aka Keith Mweemba and company.”
He stated that President Lungu’s government did not know what
to do with Hichilema now that all Zambians knew that the case
against him was political.
“They now don’t know how to deal with HH’s case since it
is abundantly clear that ‘evidence’ against the man iliko
rather. It is wrong and cruel to use state machinery to punish,
fix or sort out your political opponents. Power should
not be used to settle political scores or to steal from your
people. Power must be used to provide solutions to your
people. As for HH, our hearts and thoughts are with
you. Today it is you, tomorrow it could me or
Chanda or Joseph,” stated Mwanza.