JUSTICE minister Given Lubinda has said ministers are afraid of visiting Southern Province because they fear to be beaten. And Lubinda says many Zambians are not fighting for their rights. Lubinda said during a programme on Choma Maanu radio on Saturday that ministers were not visiting Southern Province because of a possibility of them being beaten.
He said this in response to a caller, Mwenye Usiya, who wanted to know why most Cabinet ministers were not visiting Southern Province.
“We even fear to feature on your radio stations because you want to beat us. Frank Bwalya was beaten right at Sky FM radio and myself I was almost beaten in Livingstone,” said Lubinda, who described himself as a politician who practiced politics of love and not violence.
And responding to those who wanted to know why human rights were violated especially when suspects were held in police custody beyond the stipulated period, Lubinda said the majority people do not lodge complaints to the courts of law.
“Many Zambians are not fighting for their rights. This is bad and no one would want to be mistreated but the problem is that people don’t lodge complaints to the courts of law,” Lubinda said.
He cited a case of a deceased Macha victim who died as a result of police brutality as one of the cases that were in court after it was reported. Lubinda urged people not to fear to go to courts to report cases of police mistreatment because the law allowed them. Asked why the law was not applied to PF cadres harassing people in markets, Lubinda regretted the situation and said the Ministry of Local Government was currently addressing the matter.