Pros­e­cute GBM over hate speech - Lifwekelo

Daily Nation Newspaper - - FRONT PAGE - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

THOSE prop­a­gat­ing hate speech and un­palat­able lan­guage such as Ge­of­frey Bwalya Mwamba (GBM) should be pros­e­cuted be­cause their ac­tion may plunge Zam­bia into chaos says, for­mer UPND deputy spokesper­son, Ed­win Lifwekelo. Mr Lifwekelo said there was need to strengthen ex­ist­ing laws which would crim­i­nalise hate speech and the use of un­palat­able lan­guage. He said the po­lice and other law en­force­ment agen­cies should not wait for peo­ple to make de­mands for the pros­e­cu­tion of peo­ple us­ing di­vi­sive lan­guage as they were em­pow­ered by the law. Mr. Mwamba was re­cently quoted in one of the tabloid news­pa­pers say­ing em­ploy­ees in Gov­ern­ment who hailed from Lua­pula Prov­ince were the ones re­spon­si­ble for the mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of funds. Mr Lifwekelo said such di­vi­sive sen­ti­ments had re­sulted into the mur­der of about 800, 000 Rwan­dese in the 1994 geno­cide. The for­mer UPND leader lashed out at the op­po­si­tion party leader say­ing it was rais­ing false alarm that var­i­ous Gov­ern­ment prop­erty had been sold to for­eign na­tion­als when in fact not. “The UPND does not of­fer al­ter­na­tives to the chal­lenges the na­tion is faced with, in fact it seems they are happy when Zam­bia is trou­bled but what kind of lead­ers are they who say we will of­fer so­lu­tions when we form Gov­ern­ment but what if they won’t form Gov­ern­ment?,” he said. Mr Lifwekelo said Zam­bians were not ready to be di­vided on tribal, re­li­gious be­liefs or po­lit­i­cal lines.


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