Nevers Mumba denies seeking asylum

MMD President Nevers Mumba

MMD President Nevers Mumba

MMD president Nevers Mumba has dispelled assertions by Republican President Michael Sata suggesting that opposition political leaders’ trip to the Commonwealth Secretariat in South Africa was to seek criminal asylum.

Speaking during a media briefing at his residence in Lusaka’s Kabulonga residential area this afternoon, Dr. Mumba said the visit to the Commonwealth secretariat was purely to seek legal redress and present a 40 pages document on the alleged gross abuse of human rights by the Patriotic Front government.

He says the trip was not politically motivated as being portrayed by government and some sections of the media but that it was in the interest of democracy and respect for human rights.

Dr. Mumba says the quartet of opposition leaders that included UPND’s Hakainde Hichilema, Sakwiba Sikota of the ULP and Edwin Sakala of ZDDM asked the Commonwealth Secretary General to send an envoy to prove the injustices being alleged in the document presented to him.

He says government should therefore address the issues raised by the opposition to the Commonwealth as opposed to issuing unwarranted attacks on the opposition leaders.

Dr. Mumba has further stated that the opposition leaders’ next step will be to engage the African Union and present another document to the continental body.

He says they are in possession of a list of some professionals including some media practitioners who are allegedly being used by the PF government, who he said will accompany President Sata to the International criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague for alleged abuse of human rights.

Source: QFM.