ZAMBIAN PROSECUTOR DECIDES NOT PURSUE CHARGE OF TREASON AGAINST OPPOSITION LEADER

LUSAKA, Zambian Director of Public Prosecutions has decided not to pursue a case against opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema and five other members of his United Party for National Development (UPND) who had earlier been charged with treason.

When the matter came up before High Court Judge Charles Chanda here Wednesday, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Lillian Siyuni, informed the court that the State had discontinued the matter and the judge then discharged the matter and freed Hichilema and the five others.

It had been alleged that on April 5 and 8, 2017, Hichilema and his co-accused conspired to usurp State power by according the UPND leader a status of the President of Zambia. It was also alleged that the suspects blocked the motorcade of President Edgar Lungu in Western Province, a move which would have endangered the life of the Head of State.

Meanwhile, Green Party leader Peter Sinkamba said his party’s members were extremely happy that the State had dropped treason charges against Hichilema and the others. He said the Green Party had been lobbying the release of Hichilema and his co-accused during the last four months.

New Congress Party leader Peter Chanda also welcomed the release of Hichilema.

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland who visited the country this month during which she ,et the president as well as Hichilema, said she is delighted that the Director of Public Prosecutions had entered a nolle prosequi in the treason case involving Hichilema, saying the development offered a unique opportunity for Zambia to move forward in the interest of all Zambians.

This is an opportunity for Zambia to achieve political cohesion and reconciliation through dialogue, she said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK