By Scoop Reporter
THE Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue (ZCID) says it condemns the incidents of violence being perpetuated by the Patriotic Front (PF) cadres and aided by senior Government officials in Muchinga province.
ZCID Executive Director Doreen Njovu says freedom of expression and association is an indelible right that every Zambian should enjoy regardless of their political affiliation, as long as it is within the ambits of the law.
Ms. Njovu says political parties still carry the mandate to disseminate information to their members, supporters and the general citizenry about their development agenda even in the era of covid-19 pandemic provided the prescribed health rules are adhered to.
She says ZCID finds it extremely unreasonable and primitive to premise a political party’s agenda to only COVID-19 just because it suits one political party and its members.
She says as an umbrella institution for political parties, ZCID is not aware that the right to express oneself enshrined in our constitution has been suspended due to COVID-19.
“We strongly call on the Zambia police command to arrest the pf cadres for violating these civil liberties with impunity and ensure that the culprits are prosecuted to deter would be offenders. We further advise media houses whose rights have been infringed upon to seek legal redress first with the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) and the courts of law.
“Further, we appeal to all political leaders to observe all the health guidelines laid down by the ministry of health to curb the spread of COVID-19 and avoid politicisation of this fight against the pandemic,” Ms. Njovu said.
She says COVID-19 era politics demand issue based politics