Silavwe calls for accountability in the police

By Staff Reporter

The Golden Progressive party president Jackson Silavwe says the excessive force by the State Police must have no place in a functioning democracy.

Silavwe called for police reforms to transform this vital state institution into a professional, efficient and accountable one that exudes the confidence of the general public.

“Given the evolution of political violence in the country, the rapid dismissal of the Sesheke police officers has set a terrible precedence in the fight against this cancer,” he said

Silavwe said that the gruesome pictures from Sesheke Parliamentary by-election campaigns depicting the bloody confrontation between the State Police and the ruling patriotic front cadres left many right thinking citizens terror stricken.

He noted that the dismissals have sent a clear signal to the rank and file of the Zambia Police of “touch not the ruling party cadre or you will be fired”.

“The Sesheke fiasco is a clear demonstration of political leadership which is divergent from the deeply held aspirations of peace and oneness in diversity,” he said.

Silavwe said it was leadership failure from both the ruling and the opposition political parties.

And motivational speaker Mubita Nawa says that Truth should be told to both the Patriotic Front (PF) and the United Party for National Development (UPND) that they were violent.

Nawa explained that the two political parties have been at each other’s tails and now throats for too long.

“Unfortunately, their escalating of these fights is getting worse and more militant. Already they are both planning an Armageddon blood bath at the next two by elections. With the police completely out of the picture now, it is obvious what will happen,” he said.

Nawa is appealing to the youths of Zambia to note that they could be useful to society rather than being used as tools of violence.

“They were weapons in Sesheke from both sides. I condemn violence no matter who peddles it,” he said.

“We don’t need bloodshed in Zambia. We have enough metaphors and ironic (even iconic) sheds of blood as it is. I can’t tell politicians how to behave. I thought that came with the operational manual. But I can encourage youths to redirect their energies to better things,”.

He noted that at the rate things were going, the instruments of power could shift pendulums in the wrong hands where civility would disappear.

“Laws must not be prejudiced against a few and presumptive measures taken to advance personal or myopic agendas,” he said.

“Absolute power still corrupts. Desperation for power still corrupts. Abuse of power is actually evil. In the case where wrongs and rights stand in blared lines, we can learn from history. History never lies,” Nawa said.