Government bans Political Parties from carrying cadres to police stations

UPND Leader Hakainde Hichilema

UPND Leader Hakainde Hichilema

The Zambian Government has banned political leaders from carrying Political Cadres to Police Stations when they are summoned to appear before for questioning.
Home Affairs Minister Edgar Lungu said in Lusaka that the ferrying of political cadres to the police had proved to be a recipe for anarchy and the Government would not sit by and watch people breaking the law in the name of support for their Political Parties.
This follows the assault of a Police Officer by cadres from the United Party National Development (UPND) on Thursday January 17 2013 when they turned up at Woodlands Police Station to give support to UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema.
Lungu said political leaders summoned to the Police Station would from now on only be allowed to go with their Lawyer and with the permission of the authorities at the police Station they could go along with their spouse or a relative.
Meanwhile the UPND has said the person who assaulted the Police Officer was not a Cadre of the Party but was just an opportunist who took advantage of the situation to break the law.
UPND Deputy Spokes Person Cornelius Mweetwa said the part had since written to the Inspector  General  of Police on the Matter.
On Thursday January 17 2013 UPND leader Hichilema was arrested for allegedly uttering a defamatory statement against Republican President Michael Sata.
Angry UPND supporters, that accompanied Hichilema, allegedly hit a police officer with a brick in the head.
The Police Officer identified as Adam Banda sustained a deep cut and bled profusely as the opposition leader pleaded with his supporters to be peaceful.
But some cadres at the scene accused Police spokesperson, Elizabeth Kanjela of being the one who threw the brick at the fellow police officer with a view to implicate them.
The cadres said they are ready to testify and provide video evidence showing Kanjela throwing a brick at the officer who was injured in the scuffle.