There is a difference between Lungu and HH saying something
When the main opposition UPND party lost its petition of the re-election of President Lungu, its president Hakainde Hichilema (HH) used strong words to accuse the judiciary of being biased. When the ruling PF party had two ministers’ elections nullified, President Lungu’s spokesman, Amos Chanda, used strong words to accuse the judiciary of being biased. In the first case, the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) was quiet, in the second it was not, accusing the executive of putting pressure on the judiciary. “Proof!” shouted the critics, that LAZ is supporting UPND. No, it’s not! There is a big difference between the two cases. HH is, in fact, just an ordinary citizen of this country. He may run the country’s largest opposition party, but he has no influence on the judiciary, as he is not appointing judges, whereas Chanda represents Lungu, who happens to be the appointing authority. Lungu’s words carry a great deal more significance than HH’s, and rightly so. Therefore, he – and his spokesman – ought to take greater care in speech than HH.
Camilla Hebo Buus, Editor Zambia Weekly