TIZ condemned for being partisan

Fri, 15 Feb 2013 13:17:15 +0000

Transparency International Zambia (TIZ)  executive director Goodwell Lungu has been  accused of speaking on behalf of the clique of people that are holding President Sata hostage.

Human rights activist Brebner Changala condemned and accused TIZ of being led by hypocrites who are applying selective justice by planning to march to parliament to force Members of Parliament to vote for the removal of former president Rupiah Banda’s immunity

Changala has however wondered why the TIZ was taking this stand now when they had kept quiet when Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) was busy flashing nolle proseques to his creditors against the rule of natural justice.

“Where have they been when the police were blocking court sheriffs from serving court orders? Where have they been when the police was blocking opposition political parties from holding public rallies?” he asked.

Mr Changala  said TIZ should understand that Zambia belonged to all citizens and “what holds us together is oneness yet diversity.”

He said that Mr Lungu should realize that many Zambians were not objecting the removal of Mr Banda’s immunity but wanted the due process of the law to be observed.

“The people of Zambia are not objecting the removal of Mr Banda’s immunity but they are objecting the anarchy and break down of the law” he said.

TIZ have said that they will pursue all available options including marching to parliament do not let down the people of Zambia if they will have an opportunity to consider lifting Mr Banda’s immunity once a prima facie case is presented to them.

On Tuesday former UPND Siavonga MP Douglas Syakalima said it was strange that TIZ was advocating for the removal of Mr Banda’s immunity without any evidence of corruption against him.

He said the double standards shown by Mr Lungu had dented the image of the organization and urged him to quit so that he could concentrate on supporting unknown agendas pushed by people with questionable characters.

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