UPND demand release of journalists, warns Police against being used

The United Party for National Development (UPND) has called for the release of two Zambian journalists who were arrested by law enforcement agencies over suspicions of writing for the Zambian Watchdog.

The duo, Thomas Zyambo former Daily Mail reporter and Clayson Hamasaka a former Journalist Lecturer at the Evelyn Hone College were arrested in the early hours of Tuesday and were still under Police custody.

But the UPND says the arrest is a violation of the duo’s rights.

According to a statement posted on its website the UPND says it is extremely worried with the way the Patriotic Front (PF) is breaking the law with impunity. It says the PF is abducting its citizen and this has continued from political opponent to journalists.

It has since appealed to the Police to charge the Journalists and take them to court or release them.

The party has further cautioned  the law enforcement agencies not to be used as instruments of illegality. It says the officers will account for there wrong doing adding that they should take note of this that the people who are sending them now will not be there to defend them.

The UPND has also described as lawlessness the arrests of the journalists who have been picked up and not been charged.