WHEN UPND leaders Hakainde Hichilema and Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba (GBM) campaigned against the Bill of Rights referendum held alongside the just-ended general elections, they acted as if the constitutional human rights never existed. They vigorously campaigned against the enhancing and enshrining of the Bill of Rights in the countryâ€™s amended constitution.
One would, therefore, be surprised to hear Mr Hichilema say that his lawyers had already taken the matter to the High Court for the interpretation of constitutional human rights, just after his presidential election petition was dismissed in the Constitutional Court. Thatâ€™s when one would ask oneself the question: â€œWhen does the UPND leader respect constitutional human rights, and when does he throw out these fundamental human rights?â€ Of course, as expected, when it suited him, right?
It is obvious that the UPND president was playing the usual Hichilema-as-victim mind-games of forum shopping at the High Court. He should not use the court as a weapon against the PF presidential election victory. But he should know that the line between his mind-games and playing with the lives of his fellow Zambian citizens is thin.
It is certain that these mind-games would soon be over, come Tuesday, September 13, 2016 when President-elect Edgar Lunguâ€™s inauguration takes place.