KELVIN CHONGO, Lusaka
GOVERNMENT has warned United Party for National Development (UPND) vice-president Geoffrey Mwamba against issuing contemptuous statements which are denting the country’s image abroad.
Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Kampamba Mulenga said the careless utterances by Mr Mwamba are sending wrong signals to the international community.
She said in an interview yesterday that Mr Mwamba’s statements on UPND president Hakainde Hichilema’s arrest are contemptuous, adding that he must know that the law can follow him wherever he is.
Mr Mwamba has been issuing statements in the press over the incarceration of Mr Hichilema despite the matter being in the courts of law.
“It is wrong for Mr Mwamba to start asking the international community to intervene in the arrest of opposition UPND president Hakainde Hichilema in the press,” she said.
Ms Mulenga said Mr Mwamba knows that the case he is commenting on is active in the courts of law.
She said that Zambia is a sovereign State and as such Mr Hichilema’s arrest has nothing to do with the international community.
Ms Mulenga said Zambia is governed by the rule of law and “even if Mr Mwamba lobbies the international community, government cannot interfere in the due process of the law”.
“Mr Mwamba is trying to bring anarchy in the country and he must be aware that the long arm of the law can follow him,” she said.
She urged opposition political parties to stop misleading the international community that there is tension in Zambia.
Ms Mulenga said there is no tension in the country as evidenced by the peace that the country continues to enjoy.
She said Zambia continues to enjoy cordial relations with other countries.