CDDR urges international community to take note of rising dictator in Zambia

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Political Crisis in Zambia Worsened by Arrests of Key Opposition Figures, says Robert Amsterdam

Opposition leaders under PF rergime arrests

LONDON, December 11, 2012 – The Zambian government of President Michael Sata has violated local and international law with the December 10th arrest of opposition leader Nevers Mumba, according to a legal defence alliance.

Under the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Zambia has been a State Party since 1984, the unlawful jailing of Dr. Mumba by the police represents violations of his rights under Article 9.1 (right to liberty and freedom from arbitrary detention), Article 19 (freedom of opinion and expression), Article 22 (freedom of association) and Article 25 (a) (right to take part in the conduct of public affairs), said Robert Amsterdam, international lawyer and counsel to the Coalition for the Defence of Democratic Rights (CDDR).

Amsterdam further argued that the Zambian government’s arbitrary arrests of opposition members represent a violation of the principles enshrined in the African (Banjul) Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights under Article 13(1), which states that “Every citizen shall have the right to participate freely in the government of his country, either directly or through freely chosen representatives in accordance with the provisions of the law.”

“This politically motivated arrest is only the latest event in a series of repressive actions by the Patriotic Front administration against the opposition, which have curtailed the rights of citizens to free expression and association and damaged Zambia’s rule of law,” said Amsterdam.  “It is our intention to document these flagrant abuses of civil rights by the Sata government and present briefs before Zambia’s international partners.”

According to media reports, Dr. Mumba, who is president of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD), was arrested by the Zambian police on 10 December, during a visit to Kitwe on the Copperbelt.  Police spokespersons accused Dr. Mumba of “unlawful assembly” and “conduct likely to breach the peace.”  Later, four journalists were also arrested attempting to cover the story.  The arrest comes after months of harassment of the MMD by the ruling party, including an attempted dissolution and a scandal involving a turncoat national secretary who attempted to invalidate Dr. Mumba’s presidency of the party, according to the CDDR.

On 11 December, police also arrested Edward Mumbi, who serves as advisor to Hakainde Hichilema of the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND).  In response to these arrests, opposition MPs walked out of parliament today in protest to go to State House to confront President Sata.

“Given that President Sata has personally intervened in the judicial process to accuse opponents while at the same time instructing anti-corruption authorities to ask his permission before prosecuting his ministers, we cannot expect fair treatment from the authorities with regard to Dr. Mumba,” said Amsterdam.  “The CDDR stands behind other civil society organizations, such as the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ), which recently described the Zambian government’s conduct as a ‘breakdown of rule of law.’”

Amsterdam continued:  “We are calling upon the media and international community to take note of this ruthless assault on the rights of Zambian people, which if left unchecked will surely only worsen.”

Representing a broad array of opposition parties, political figures, and private citizens, Coalition for the Defence of Democratic Rights (CDDR) is a legal defence alliance formed in Zambia in the fall of 2012 in response to increasing harassment and interference by the authorities and related parties.  More information on the CDDR’s activities can be read at http://cddr-zambia.org.

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55 Responses to CDDR urges international community to take note of rising dictator in Zambia

  1. SATA IS NOT PRESIDENT MATERIAL !!!! WE TOLD YOU BUT YOU WOULD NT LISTEN AND WENT AHEAD AND PLACED A MONKEY IN HIGH OFFICE…….MENTORED BY THE CHIEF BABOON HIMSELF !!!!!

    Chimbwi No Plan - December 13, 2012
    14:13

  2. THE HOUR IS COMING AGAIN……THAT LEAVES SATA>>>REALLY SHAKING IN HIS BOOTS !!!!!

    Kalikeka - December 13, 2012
    14:10

  3. Please Zambia Police dont waste time whipping a dead horse (MMD)take it easy on them. The Zambian people are still licking the wounds inflicted on them by the( MMD) during their rule. it is a finished party.

    Chaz wa Chaz - December 12, 2012
    11:10

    • Dream on Pea Brain !!! MMD has more support now then ever before !!! You are just increasing their support by all this mistreatment you are dishing on to them !!!!

      My President Nevers Mumba !! A man of God !!! And indeed Zambia shall be saved !!!!
      JUST WATCH THIS SPACE !!! MMD & UPND SHALL RISE TOGETHER AS THE PHENIX FROM THE ASHES !!!!!!

      Kalikeka - December 13, 2012
      14:07

  4. Guys PF has failed & will fail until 2016. The asort of opposition leaders is one of the strategy to weaken the voice of the opposition. The deportation of friends and parteners of the opposition leaders is another strategy of weakening the opposition because they think the business friends of oppostion leaders will support the opposition financially. The digging out of false claims by bank of zambia and satanic andeleki style is number four of the strategies listed down by PF.

    The want to drive our attension from real issues affecting Zambians to issues of hate and evil.

    DAYS ARE NUMBERED!!!

    Natama - December 12, 2012
    09:33

  5. The PF government has turn out (to many supporters dismay and disappointment) to be a very repressive regime whose popularity is on the wane among the peace loving people of this country. A regime that treats its nationals this way has a short life!

    indigene - December 12, 2012
    09:29

  6. elo lwanya ba pastor

    kangwa - December 12, 2012
    09:26

  7. Amsterdam where were you when the London judgement was blocked to be registered in Zambia. Just continue to eat the stolen money!!!!!!!

    Zvee - December 12, 2012
    08:48

  8. Zedians learn to fight your own battles, don’t think this white guy you are praising today will help you, he has his own selfish motives.
    The internantional community is just good at slapping sanctions which do not help anybody but worsen problems in any given country.

    dexter - December 12, 2012
    08:06

  9. PaFwaka (PF), Power Failure (PF), Paya Farmer (PF), Pure Fools (PF), etc

    Concerned Citizen! - December 12, 2012
    07:52

  10. Well spoken Amsterdam, but don’t just be good at talking and armchair critic, please mobilise the international community to come to our aid, otherwise there will be no Zambia to talk about soon. Do not let things degenerate to the worst before the international community comes to our aid like has happened to other countries like Mali, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Syria and many more because by the time you wake up the baboons in power will have consolidated their suppression on all their people. This is why we are even suspicious of the SIM registration, it is a way of supressing and oppressing people with divergent views. The international community supported Sata to ascend to power and they should help to tame him. Sata was allowed to hold rallies soon after 2008 elections and nobody stopped him, he transversed the country propagating his message without being stopped but this time just talking to chiefs and marketeers is an offence to this regime.

    Sungamasha - December 12, 2012
    07:33

  11. Sata is fine DONCH KUBEBA. RB said ” what are you hidding, Tell them what you shall do for the people” Zambians thought Banda was mad, But he knew that kind of a man.

    Job creation is being worked out, Food especially Nshima is available, people have a lot of money. If you have three vehicles, Sata will ask you where did you get money to buy those vehicles, You build a house you will be questioned ” Your salary is K200, how come you own a plot and built a mansion?”

    He has the whole of Chilenje Who has ever asked him where he got money to build those houses?

    PF government wants you and me to be poor and all the civil servants I tell you that you built houses and acquired one or two important assets in Chiluba through Banda but in this government you will never own even a bicycle. Where you ended with you structures that is all… PF means POOR FAMILIES- this is what he has brought in the country when critically observed.

    Seleni - December 12, 2012
    07:17

  12. It is kaunda ruling pf yr time will come and jere will run to malawi coz he even want to be ig taking over form libongani

    Kambunda dr - December 12, 2012
    07:11

  13. While we appreciate that peoples’ rights should not be infringed upon, but the behaviour of our opposition pastor(Dr Nevers Mumba)is questionable in a land with laws of which he was defending when he was second in command:
    *no wonder when he served as a vice president upon just acting as a president he remained and held a press conference and was fired.
    *with Sata only few months in Government, Dr Mumba stormed state house
    *Now with no police permit, Dr Mumba starts having meetings along with his Members of Parliament without police permits.

    So my earnest appeal to HH is that do not fall prey to the desparation that is being exibited by the pastor, as with discipline we will see leadership qualities in you.

    concerned citizen - December 12, 2012
    07:10

  14. you haven’t seen nothing yet you bloody tongas..why all this hate for our great president Sata??For yo own information, pf will remain in power for the next 50 years and thats a real fact..if ther is a person who will rule zambia from the opposition then that person is yet to be born or he/she must be 5 years old as at now..mark my words..we are doing everything possible to fix haters once and for all..so don’t just make noise unnecesarilly think and try to analys situations don’t be like a thinkless idiot shittin on that toilet pan..

    bonki - December 12, 2012
    06:59

    • You are just a fool who will die of hunger soon….

      Roué - December 12, 2012
      07:24

    • Youre a f.u.c.k.e.n. i.diot you b.a.satered. Am more a bember than you and would call this man greater than ars. And Am a man

      Bellbell - December 12, 2012
      07:26

      • what is this ‘bember’ which part of zambia

        umofia okojime - December 12, 2012
        09:37

    • I agree PF will be in power for 50 years, because your dictators that won’t allow free and fair elections. As I always say thank god I dint vote for Power Failure.

      Hantobolo - December 12, 2012
      07:33

    • Ati PF will be in power for 50 years. Bonki the dreamer! If HH or NM wont bring down Sata and his PF then those worms you saw on ZNBC will do it for us. This year will face serious food shortages and people will up in arms againt this stupid boma.

      J J - December 12, 2012
      07:43

    • @Bonki. I can’t blame you for your retarded mind and ability to reason. What’s tribal about this issue you tribal bastard? Get a life and learn to see things for what they are.

      Fitiball - December 12, 2012
      09:17

    • you idiot.y do u leave yo brain wen u go to th toilet and come back with a bulk of feces in yo stomaci? in fact, u must hav a very big stomach 4 fo chibuku and feces u continue kepng Jst lik GBM

      GOVERNOR - December 12, 2012
      10:07

  15. He is just making Nevous Mumba more popular.

    kangwa - December 12, 2012
    06:56

  16. This Sata madness must be stopped right away. I now believe what others say that we Zambians are stupid, docile, foolish, fearful and sheepish. Sata is openly and arrogantly abusing us but we’ re watching and singing praises for this president. Shame on us

    Jap - December 12, 2012
    06:50

    • Point of Correction. It’s not Indegenous Zambians showering Sata with praises. It’s one Nyasaland originated Kaunda who is full of praise for Sata because for the last time in his lifetime, UNIP has reincarnated in the form of PF. What is happening is very much reminiscent of the bad and evil times we experienced from 1969 to 1991. That old man is not yet senile nor blind or deaf. He is witnessing the flagrant abuses of Zambian Citizens while he rubs his chin in absolute enjoyment of tax payer’s money. All these abuses are happening in his lifetime, yet he is quiet. Why? Because he has become unprincipled due to greed, despite his age unfortunately. Isn’t these same abuses that he fought against during the colonial era. That’s what history teaches us. Perhaps our curriculum developers need to relook at our history books and revise them. I don’t believe Kaunda fought for our independence. His character nowadays is not consistent with what is recorded in Zambia’s history books.

      prisonwarder - December 12, 2012
      07:11

  17. Let tell you what you all what you don’t know about satas advisors you ll be shocked its these little boys his nephews, who don’t know nothing about governing a country they are all over state house the are the ones that call the ps and the rest of the guys in pf making threat to even ministers saying uncle sata has said so and so they lie to him that his popular even sakeni answers to these boys yes it’s that bad, the same rubbish that had happened to RB only it’s on a huge scale in pf think of it as 50 times more making the damage will be worse, sata has no vision for the country so now he wants to stay in power regardless of him knowing very well he can run the country even if given 1000 years he doesn’t have the education to run a country and I m not being rude he is an old man so lots of respect for him but he ll never. Help this country with just arrogance you need some sort of education to handle economical understanding not just showing yourself to fire and hire, that just bad governance it’s terrible taking the country back to the Stone Age because his thinking is Stone Age come on guys we all can see sata has no plan and his playing with national resources billions of Kwacha given to his wife and a mission for himself but the maternity ward at UTH is bad there’s no water in hospitals no books in schools mealie meal prices shooting up fuel shortages corrupt ministers defended by him does he think people can’t see all this everyone knows that the post, dailymail and times are all pathetic and not straight there a dull papers like the people running and working for them one the news papers has a gay editor come on that’s digusting

    Ukwa boys - December 12, 2012
    06:38

  18. To all those who knew Sata for years b4 he became president, nothing is supprising. The man knows only conflict. When we told pipo that only Bemba tribalism and natural hatred for the Tonga UPND president Hakainde Hichilema was driving Sata to state house many called us the tribalist. We are now reaping what we planted, we planted the seed of dictatorship and for the next 9 years we have to live with our bad choice. Those of the 17th century mentality hold our political power! BUT ONLY 1 BULLET IS ENOUGH.

    T.H - December 12, 2012
    06:30

  19. Sata needs foreign intervention and this is serious. No Zambian NGO or persons will stop Sata. This is the Sata we have known all the time! Fred play your cards well – you have lost it bro just to get favours from this oppresive regime!

    busi - December 12, 2012
    05:13

  20. Iwe COBY iam certain you should be one of those PF cadres with little education. You cannot see that Sata is slowly turning into a dictator.Kabimba went to ACC Offices with a huge group of unruly PF cadres.Those foolish PF cadres assembled at ACC offices without a permit .while at ACC offices Kabimba behaved in a manner not befitting a normal human being.Kabimba’s behaviour was tantamount to conduct likely to cause breach of peace.Sata shamelessly supported Kabimba’s stupid behaviour.Iwe chi COBY didn’t you see those rantings and tantrums from Kabimba at ACC offices.Why didn’t the police arrest him for obstructing justice? Anyway God is watching and one day our prayers will be answered.That is why no matter how long it takes,every dog has his own day to be hanged.Watch this space and God is not foolish.

    The Eyes of an Eagle - December 12, 2012
    04:32

  21. Welcome to Sata kingdom. We will do you. Next is HH, then mulongoti. Even when you go to empty your rectums get permission from our president, Sataaaaaaa!!

    Devil - December 12, 2012
    03:42

  22. Woof! Woof! Edward Mumbi is a thief! His arrest has nothing to do with freedom of speech!

    Confucius - December 12, 2012
    03:36

  23. You ain’t seen nothing yet.
    This is dyonko.

    .. - December 12, 2012
    00:41

  24. Believe it or not, Zambia is slowly turning into a police state. Normally, a police state is headed by a dictator who tries by all means to silence the opposing voices. So far, signs of dictatorship have been displayed by this government, especially by Sata. Look at the African Presidents that Sata has aligned himself with so far: Sudanese President, whose party has close ties with PF(source: Winter kabimba); Robert Mugabe, a proven dictator; Kaunda to mention, but a few.
    The others signs of trying to silence the voice of Zambians or dictatorship are: The on-going sim card registration; harassment of journalists; biased use of the unjust public order act; the arbitrary arrests of opposition leaders; intimidation of the church, diplomats, investors not to speak out against these evils that the PF govt is practicing(by deportation threats); misuse of the people’s resources and the clear endorsement of corruption at high levels by the President. Unfortunately, Sata’s”cousin” Storllela, the american ambassador is quiet about all these things- Is he afraid of being deported?

    Michael Chilufya Mumembe - December 11, 2012
    22:56

  25. Sata has got a very wrong person as justice minister I hope he could listern we are all not fools here watching this drama!

    London - December 11, 2012
    22:19

  26. Praying for peaceful resolutions concerning everything Zambia is facing.Praying for wisdom upon our opposition leaders so that they may stand up for Zambia’s freedom and liberties in a peaceful way, praying for a peaceful revolution. Speaking the blood of Jesus and Psalm 91 over Zambia.Zambia needs a 24/7 prayer watch.

    Zambia is a peaceful Nation - December 11, 2012
    21:51

  27. SATA HAS BE BLINDED BY GOD….THE BATTLE IS THE LORDS

    ftj - December 11, 2012
    21:46

    • ya right christians i dont get you if your god knows everything and created the universe and everything in it then he is the one to blame not us as human beings christians you lack common sense(reason) when it comes to your faith same goes to muslims

      Likman666 - December 12, 2012
      03:54

      • THE PROBLEM IS YOUR MASTER SATAN, THIS WHY HE KEEPS IN DARK, BLAMING GOD SO THAT HE LOOKS GOOD IN EYES OF WORLD. IT’S SATAN YOUR god WHO LACK SENSE TO REASON.

        RB - December 12, 2012
        07:47

  28. Where is icc please the government should be warned.

    Manjume - December 11, 2012
    21:41

  29. Zambia zambia zambia

    The truth you fear - December 11, 2012
    21:38

  30. I am not UPND but PF Later in pf early days HAKAINDE was described as a man of hate but if what am reading is true then we better rearly move in as a Nation to stop this at all cost.I would love to get a better responce from our president MR MICHEAL CHILUFWA SATA. this is not a good sighn of true DEMOCRACY.This is real politics of hate not that of HAKAINDE.

    ASAFU JOHN - December 11, 2012
    21:35

    • I AGREE WITH YOU, SATA USED TO HOLD MEETINGS WITHOUT THE SO CALLED POLICE PERMIT, WHEN LEVY MHSRIP AND RUPHIA WERE PRESIDENTS.

      RB - December 12, 2012
      07:40

  31. Sata’s advisers shall be in the forefront of rebuking him after 2016 when he loses and that is if he ever will stand. Watch your step PF.

    Mark - December 11, 2012
    21:31

  32. Spot on Mr Amsterdam. As it is, we will end up as captives of a brutal regime. We’ll be going to police and PF cadres to beg for things like mealie meal or title deeds.
    For how long are we going to regret voting for Sata? The Reality is, he moving up there, while we’re still watching in disbelief.
    If its a demo, a march or anything, now is the time to stand for our opposing voices.

    Spyglass - December 11, 2012
    21:18

  33. Zimbabwe!, Zimbabwe!, Zimbabwe!

    I am sure the president is getting advice from Sekuru and KK, both well experienced oppressors.

    Boma - December 11, 2012
    21:16

  34. How we expose you, Amsterdam, online for interfering in a sovereign nation just to perpetuate your support for your corrupt clients! Would you go to number 10 Downing street without a permit? Idiot! Why do you ZWD give him time on your site?

    Coby - December 11, 2012
    20:49

    • I too wonder

      dexter - December 12, 2012
      07:49

    • I don’t see anything wrong in what Amsterdam is saying. What is the sense of attacking the messenger instead of analyzing the message?

      KK boys - December 12, 2012
      11:12

  35. Shut up u red pig we can sort out our problems try get a life idiot

    Sense - December 11, 2012
    20:37

    • You are very stupid and you have no dick hence your shortsighteness. If you had children you could easily see that this government is taking us backwards and your children would be in danger. You are a fool together with your ancestors. Foolish you.

      liontoothpick - December 11, 2012
      21:06

    • Criminal.

      Skeletone - December 11, 2012
      21:11

    • Bdsa sense insoni kuti walanda shani so? Taumona or you choose to be blind? Remember that ‘ my country always and my gov’t only when it is doing good’

      kambwili sakeni - December 11, 2012
      21:52

    • shut up u PF shit! Sata was free to tell his lies and no one arrested him. Only foreigners can talk for us since all NGOs and the church are pro PF.

      Gandhi - December 11, 2012
      22:26

    • y is it that 2de there ar a lot of senseles lads comentng n ths platfom? my frend, or sorry, u bastard idiot 4 hw long shud we wait? u want us 2b jst lukng wen yo felo idiot so satan z takng th pipo zambia his and only wil?u incene

      GOVERNOR - December 12, 2012
      10:26

  36. This is really scaring. Soon it will be vigilantes

    Janvan - December 11, 2012
    20:31