THE Operation Young Vote says the acquittal of Oracle Media director Mutinta Mazoka M’membe in her obstruction case is victory against perpetrators of human rights violations in Zambia.
Lusaka magistrate Faides Hamaundu acquitted Mutinta of obstructing court officials from executing a search warrant on her Rhodes Park residence in Lusaka in February 2017.
In this matter, allegations were that Mutinta on February 15, 2017, in Lusaka, willfully obstructed or resisted Japhet Mulenga from lawfully executing a search warrant of a magistrate court.
But magistrate Hamaundu said there was no evidence that Mutinta tore the search warrant and that was why ZNBC cameraman Henry Chama did not capture it.
“The acquittal of Mutinta M’membe by the Lusaka magistrate Faides Hamaundu in the case of obstructing court officials from executing a search warrant, has not only exposed ill intentions, abuse of authority and fear of the unknown by those who wield authority but is also victory against perpetrators of human rights violations in Zambia,” Operation Young Vote (OYV) executive director Guess Nyirenda, stated in a press statement.
He stated that it was very sad that “we have authorities that thrive on intimidating, fighting and trampling on the rights of their own citizens without any reflection and remorse”.
“As OYV ), we are of the conviction that as long as our leaders or those in authority, at whatever level, continue to abuse the structures of government and governance, handle institutions as their personal tuntembas and also fear their own shadows and violate people’s human rights to save their complexes (inferiority or superiority), Zambia as a country shall remain stagnant in all aspects,” Nyirenda stated.
He urged Mutinta to continue being a torch-bearer in standing strong against tyranny and human rights violators as this was inspiring not only to women and the old but also to men and the younger generations.
Nyirenda added that Mutinta’s acquittal had also elements of lessons for those who were easily sent or used by those in authority to execute missions they had little or no understanding.
“There is every need by those in authority to seriously introspect and consider a paradigm shift in the way they treat all citizens regardless of their status in society, including those they take as threats or enemies,” stated Nyirenda.
And UPND Central Province youth chairman Milner Mwanakampwe said Mutinta’s acquittal was a clear indication that the current Zambia Police officers were “overzealous and cannot discharge their duties professionally”.
“The acquittal of Mutinta Mazoka cannot go without comment because this was written on the walls way back. The police officers that charged and arrested Madam Mutinta Mazoka were working under instructions from above. They were not carrying their duties professionally and did not follow the legal procedure when serving a search warrant on her resident. They could not allow her lawyers to be present when searching her residence and just failed to follow the law to the letter,” stated Mwanakampwe.”