Below is an excerpt from an editorial published on the independent news website Zambian Watchdog:
What we are witnessing in Zambia is end of civil rights. We are entering a period of repression and dictatorship where only PF cadres will be allowed to air their views. We shall need international support in this period.
Now they are even joining communism. We all know how evil communism is. We can’t afford to be ruled by communists in this age. This is the age of human rights and individual freedoms.
It is therefore appropriate that neighbouring countries like South Africa take keen interest in what is happening in Zambia. But they should not just take keen interest. They should do what they have just done: protect victims.
It will be wrong for the international community to handover people wanted by repressive regimes like the one which is daily being built in Zambia.
Truly there are cases where criminals try to escape punishment for their deeds in their home country. These should be looked at differently. Political matters like the one Henry Banda is at the centre of should be dealt politically. And that is why we are happy with the South African government for demanding proper channels to be followed.
It’s a pity that International Police Organisation which is headquartered in a civilised country France can allow its facilities to be used by dictators.