The excitement of Mr Hakainde Hichilema over my carrying a firearm is very worrying.
He is passing judgement on a matter I am being prosecuted over by law enforcement agencies under his control and command. In more fair and just societies his comments and insinuations would constitute a very serious breach, prejudicing my case.
The fact that Mr Hichilema has never carried a firearm even when his life was in constant danger as an opposition leader doesn’t make my carrying a firearm illegal or unjustifiable.
It’s lawful for any Zambian to own and carry a licensed firearm and use it within legally permissible conditions and circumstances.
I have carried a firearm for most of my life. The life I have lived required me to carry a firearm, and I have been properly and adequately trained in the use of firearms.
The life Mr Hichilema has lived is very different from mine. His path in life is very different from mine. Each path in life is different.
It’s not fair and just for Mr Hichilema to prejudice my case. From his comments and insinuations it’s very clear that he is very excited about this case and he would like to see me fixed. And he seems to have serious problems concealing his excitement. But for now, let him keep his excitement and desires to himself and allow me a fair and unprejudiced trial.
The exercise of power must be a constant practice of self-limitation and modesty.
President of Socialist Party [Zambia]