Militia Attack on Church Grounds for Impeachment – CDDR

According to a press release circulated by the Coalition for the Defence of Democratic Rights (CDDR), today’s attack on a group of protesters holding a meeting in a church by a government-sponsored militia may represent grounds for the opposition to seek the impeachment of President Michael Sata.

In the press release, the CDDR emphasized the need for greater international pressure on Zambia’s leadership to respect basic human rights, and stated that they intend to file another report detailing these findings before the Commonwealth and other international organisations.

On Friday, May 31 an indoor meeting convened by numerous civil society organisations in the Matero area of Lusaka was violently attacked by a militia affiliated with the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party. The attackers stormed the church where the meeting was being held, brandishing machetes, axe handles, and other weapons, beating the protesters and journalists forcing the dispersal of the meeting.