By Queenter Mawinda
As some eminent figures in the country continue to issue harsh statements to incriminate expression and urge the use of force or violence against civilians, the Legal and Human Rights Center (LHRC) has condemned such statements as unconstitutional.
Speaking with The Guardian on Sunday reporter in an exclusive interview yesterday, LHRC executive director Dr Helen Kijo-Bisimba said such statements are part of continuing negligence of public figures, privileging narrow interests in the issues.
She said public figures were supposed to be objective in statements they make, considering the implications of their public positions to society.
Dr Kijo-Bisimba said that in most certain cases public figures are emotionally controlled and make statements out of a furious mood instead of sober comprehension of the law.
On Friday, in remarks concerning an escalating problem of the slaughter of protected wildlife, the Minister for Natural Resource and Tourism, Ambassador Khamis Kagasheki urged game wardens to shoot at poachers seen in the act of illegal hunting or having killed game, to control the upsurge in elephant poaching.
Kagasheki directed law enforcers to use any available means including shooting to kill to prevent poachers from escaping, and to deter those in the racket of devastating the country’s elephant population, saying the trend was now out of control.
The government intends to amend the relevant law with a view of introducing more stringent punishments on people convicted of poaching and provide teeth to law enforcement to deal with a wave of poaching. Penalties will be increased for whoever is found with government trophies, the minister declared. More....