ZAMBIA’S co-operating partners are closely following the case of Pilato, says German Ambassador to Zambia Bernd Finke.
“All the cooperating partners are following closely this case, yes, be it musicians, be it journalists, members of the civil society, be it opposition members, our expectations are that government provides a level playing field where basic human rights such as freedom of assembly can be enjoyed by everybody,” he said.
And Ambassador Finke says the public order Act seems to be a law tailored for the opposition as ruling party cadres continue to assemble freely.
In an interview last Thursday, Ambassador Finke said the arrest of Pilato hinges on freedom of expression and human rights. Pilato, whose real name is Chama Fumba, was arrested and detained on June 8 and later on charged with conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace for his hit song A Lungu Anabwela.
In a song that has gone viral, Pilato satirically talks about how President Edgar Chagwa Lungu is fast abandoning the ideals of his predecessor, Michael Sata, after winning the January 20 presidential election on the promise of “carrying on” with the deceased president’s legacy.
Ambassador Finke said the issue of human rights was something every country needed to continue reviewing to prevent the ruling elite from becoming obsessive with power.