LUSAKA, ZAMBIA – In a press statement issued yesterday, former Minister of Home Affairs Lameck Mangani called upon the Zambian public to uphold the principles of due process and refrain from conducting trials in the court of public opinion.
The statement comes in response to the recent press conference held by the children of former President Edgar Chagwa Lungu, which received a negative reception from the public. Mangani emphasized that individuals should not be judged by the public or the media, but rather by the competent courts of law.
Highlighting the presumption of innocence until proven guilty enshrined in Zambian law, Mangani defended the Lungu family’s appeal for fair treatment. He drew attention to past instances where former Zambian presidents, including Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, Dr. Frederick Chiluba, and Rupiah Bwezani Banda, faced corruption allegations but were ultimately found not guilty by the courts.
Mangani urged Zambians to exercise caution and avoid relying on hearsay when it comes to allegations against former heads of state. He stressed the importance of respecting legal processes and allowing the courts to determine guilt or innocence.
The former minister’s statement serves as a reminder of the fundamental principles of justice and encourages the public to place trust in the legal system. The story prompts reflection on the significance of due process in safeguarding the rights and reputations of individuals accused of wrongdoing.