It will be madiness to remove Lungu’s immunity, Zambia now seen as kids’ club – Canadian based Law Lecturer

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Charles Mwewa

Charles Mwewa

Zambia right now looks more like a kids’ club than a mature nation with mature mindsets, a Zambian law Lecturer based in Canada has told Zambian Eye’s Hot Seat programme.

Discussing the presidential legal immunity topic on Zambian Eye Facebook live texting interview Tuesday night, Charles Mwewa charged that it will be madiness to lift President Edgar Lungu’s immunity.

“Zambia right now looks more like a kids’ club than a mature nation with mature mindsets. I would have been the first to hail the removal of immunity of former President Chiluba on July 16, 2002 and then of President Banda on March 15, 2013. To remove the immunity of one president in 50 years may be normal, two in a space of 10 years is abnormal, if as the chorus sings of President Lungu in barely a period of three years, that will be madness,” Mwewa responded when asked by host Ra Shai on his views about calls to lift President Lungu’s immunity. 

He added: “Now, I understand feelings may be hard. Some may not like Chiluba or Banda or Lungu. Bottomline, however, is that these all are constitutionally elected presidents. They deserve a level of immunity befitting Heads of Nations. For example, if you remove immunity, it is like stripping a person naked before the entire world. It is disheartening as it is repugnant. We may desire to do so at the expense of cheapening our presidency.

We should in the first place elect vetted presidents so that we are saved from this malaise. We should run from the temptation to each time we hate a leader rush to threatening them of immunity removal. In the end, no-one will covet the office. And however careful one wants to be, the presidency is flawed with bad decisions, and we should protect the holders from shame. Only in PURELY NATIONAL INTEREST should we canvass ideas of immunity lifting otherwise we risk making Zambia a laughing stock.”

The whole programme can be followed by clicking here.


9 Responses to It will be madiness to remove Lungu’s immunity, Zambia now seen as kids’ club – Canadian based Law Lecturer

  1. So called Lecturer in law.

    Are you aware that in FRANCE, the president loses his immunity upon relinquishing his position of republican President. He becomes a common person subjected to scrutiny. Ask Mr Jacques Chirac or Nicolas Sarkozy. Upon leaving offices, judges filed suits to prosecute them. Infact Zambia must adopt this method.

    May 21, 2015 at 7:41 am

  2. Well, the presidents do not actually need the immunity! They are supposed to uphold the law and must never be found wanting as custodians of the country’s constitution. Removing the president’s immunity should depend on whether he has broken the law or not. Hence, we should not base it on the years or number of former presidents that have fallen victim of their own actions. If he is wrong, his immunity must be removed the same day he is elected or found wanting if not ,let him remain protected. It will be madness to protect criminals! I beg to differ with my good friend on this one.

    May 21, 2015 at 8:53 am

  3. This law lecturer is mad because he wants to impose his opinion on Zambia. If he really loves this country, why is he hiding in Canada? In any case, he does not know Zambian law that’s why he teaches Canadian law. He merely wants us to continue being led by THIVIES and tyrants. Sorry we will not buy into his lawless thinking.

    May 21, 2015 at 9:42 am

  4. First be careful when listening to a guy who looks like he bleaches his skin! The national interest must come first before the protection of the presidency to ensure the public interest is protected at all times from gross maladministration!
    That brings me to the false Kenyan prophet brought in to meet Lungu and his cronies. Zambians please has anyone done a background check on this guy who even in Kenya is known to be a flamboyant false prophet! The government is failing to get local support from local churches and are now forced to bring in false prophets and conmen willing to be paid to say what will please the government. The guy looks like a SANGOMA/WITCH in a suit he cannot be a man of God. Maybe he is a Rastafarian but not a man of God. Politicians need to learn they are in office to serve and deliver for the benefit of all Zambians. Because they are failing to perform they want to hang onto power by any means possible even if it’s through witchcraft and divinations. Zambians let us not cease praying so our country is protected from evil and from destruction! God save and bless Zambia.

    May 21, 2015 at 10:12 am

  5. Mr Mwewa should not EMBARRASS learned lawyers like this. He can not even come up with a single legal argument to support his position. The number of years he is mentioning have no bearing on whether a sitting president has committed a crime or not.
    This ‘sounds’ more of a case of a directionless cadre supporting “his own”.

    Zambian in diaspora.
    May 21, 2015 at 5:24 pm

  6. In Parliament:”Mr. Speaker Sir, as a ‘learned lawyer’ myself, I disagree with the motion to remove the former president’s immunity despite the overwhelming evidence of him having abused his authority on the basis that it is less than ten years when the last former head of state had his immunity stripped.”

    Mr. Speaker: “Honorable, I strongly advise that you demand for refund from the law school you attended.”

    May 22, 2015 at 2:26 am

  7. Wow! I thought Canada only entertained properly baked professionals. This man is a disgrace if that is what he teaches his students. What is wrong with Zambians?????????????

    May 22, 2015 at 5:58 am

  8. The lecturer is right. We should not vote in those that are questionable. Once he is put into office through voting, it means the many of us have the confidence in the said person. The immune is to protect him from those that would probably want to disturb him by taking him to courts of law for whatever. He is bound to make mistakes on our behalf. The best we can do for now is to advise him. Who ever that shall occupy that office of republican President shall be bound to make mistakes at one time or other, for no one is perfect.

    pink toe
    May 22, 2015 at 2:06 pm

  9. Well,well,well here comes a ‘learned f.ool!

    May 22, 2015 at 5:34 pm

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