By Lukundo Nankamba

Governance Activist Isaac Mwanza has bemoaned the continued detention of Patriots for Economic Progress-PEP Leader Sean Tembo who has already been charged with hate speech.

Mr. Mwanza says the detention raises concerns about the respect for the rule of law and individual rights and has urged the Zambia Police Service to uphold the principles of justice, fairness, and respect for human rights, as directed by President Hakainde Hichilema.

He says denying Mr. Tembo access to police bond or court-ordered bail, especially when the offense is bailable, not only raises questions about due process but also goes against the principles of justice and fairness.

Mr. Mwanza says respect for the rights and freedoms of individuals, including the right to a fair trial and bail for bailable offenses is fundamental in maintaining a just and democratic society.

He has since urged the police to consider President Hichilema's guidance on granting bail for bailable offenses, as this promotes a fair and inclusive society where all citizens are treated equitably under the law.