PF Legal Counsel Makebi Zulu has dismissed assertions that the PF Government is trying to secure a conviction of incarcerated UPND President Hakainde Hichilema and five others.
Mr. Zulu, who is also Eastern Province Minister, said this in Lusaka during the PF Interactive Forum today.
He says the ruling party has no interest of securing a conviction of the UPND Leader saying it’s the responsibility of the court to either convict him or set him free.
And Mr. Zulu says the move by President Edgar Lungu to ask the Catholic Bishops to visit Mr. Hichilema at prison in the spirit of political dialogue is not in any way proving that he is behind his arrest.
He emphasizes that President Lungu has no powers at the moment to release Mr. Hichilema unless he is convicted.
Mr. Zulu says even people calling on him to have mercy on the incarcerated UPND Leader are doing so without understanding that the constitution does not give President Lungu any powers to release a suspect.
Meanwhile, Mr. Zulu, who is also PF Malambo Member of Parliament, says the government is not promoting illegality in land management in Eastern Province.
And PF Media Director Sunday Chanda has called on Zambians to condemn outsiders talking ill about the country saying no one will defend it for them.