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…I  will continue with check and balances


I AM not intimidated by any one and the youths are just wasting their time by issuing those threats towards my life, Patriotic Front (PF) vice president, Given Lubinda has charged.

Mr Lubinda has charged that he was not shaken or intimidated by the recent threats by suspected UPND cadres that wanted to harm him for allegedly critisicing the republican President Hakainde Hichilema.

Mr Lubinda said told the Sunday Nation in an interview that he would not be deterred by any form of intimidation by suspected UPND cadres who threatened to harm him.

He said that he would not stop with his right to express himself and that he was not scared of the baseless threats that were coming from the suspected UPND youths.

And Mr Lubinda has said the president needed to act swiftly to tame such cadres because he had said that he respected the rule of law.

Mr Lubinda said that the threats were a test of the rule of law and a direct challenge of the head of state.

‘’The cadres should know that this is a multi-party country and people with divergent views should be allowed to operate without fear of anything or anyone,’’ he said.

He said that it was for this reason that he would not stop reminding and giving the head of state checks and balances over a number of issues that they were not doing properly.  

Meanwhile Chikondi Foundation president Bishop John Mambo said that people were not following the directive from President Hakainde Hichilema who preached harmony.

He said that it was wrong for cadres to take authority and matters in their own hands by issuing such serious threats. 

Bishop Mambo said that days of issuing threats were long gone cadres and any other individuals should not take matters in their own hands.

He said that it was unfortunate that thee cadres were issuing such statements to Mr Lubinda and that what was the benefit of wanting to kill an individual.

‘’Its uncalled for cadres to come out like that and warn Mr Lubinda and their actions must be condemned in the strongest terms,’’ he said.

Bishop said it was worrying that the president was an elder in the Seventh day and that there was need for people not to dent his image by issuing disparaging remarks.

He said Mr Lubinda was a vice president of the opposition and that he was speaking on behalf of people and that it was his right to express.

Bishop Mambo said the police needed to do their job by bringing order in the country and caging the culprits who wanted to harm the former Justice Minister.

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