Updated: Police surround HH’s house, UPND to seek audience with Home Affairs Minister
Dictator Michael Sata’s PF police this morning attempted to forcibly arrest and detain UPND president Hakainde Hichilema from his Kabulonga residence but were turned away because the call-out and the manner it was done was wrong.
Sources said the PF police were advised to save the police call-outs to his lawyers Jackie Mwiimbu, Matha Mushipe or Sakwiba Sikota instead of his house, among the anomalies.
Yesterday, Police attempted to arrest the UPND leader from the court-room, a situation that angered Magistrate Joshua Banda saying it was extremely disrespectfully to the courts of law and led to the case being adjourned.
And the UPND top leadership is this afternoon scheduled to meet Home Affairs Minister, Edgar Lungu at his office to dialogue over the deteriorating human rights situation and application of the Archaic public Order Act in the country.
Sources said the UPND leaders are concerned that if the situation is not urgently addressed in the country, Zambia’s image will be severely damaged and the anger building in the country may explode to unmanageable levels.
UPND president Hakainde Hichilema was supposed to be part of the entourage but has excused himself because of what happened in the morning at his house.
Among the leaders to meet Mr. Lungu are UNPD vice-president Richard Kapita, secretary General Winston Chibwe, Mazabuka MP Garry Nkombo, and Deputy spokesperson Edwin Lifwekolo.
Sources said the UPND leadership wants to meaningfully engage the PF government leadership over the break-down of laws in the country where people are now being served with police call-outs even inside court-room, something that has never happened before in the history of this country.
Over the weekend, the entire UPND provincial leadership in Livingstone was summoned by police for having an in-door strategic meeting over the forth-coming Livingstone bye-election.
So far, all leading opposition figures in Zambia are currently facing arrests or court cases of various kinds, mainly aimed at silencing them.
Others have been black-mailed to join the ruling PF of face court action over their past actions while in MMD government.