Zambian Government must stop harassing and arrest of opposition leaders
ACT WAZALENDO has been troubled to learn of the arrest of Mr. Hakainde Hichilema (HH), a leader of the United Party for National Development (UPND) which is the Zambian main opposition Party.
Mr. Hichilema happened to be the main rival of the sitting President Edgar Lungu in the last general election.
Mr. Hichilema was arrested following an overnight raid of his home by armed police who fired teargas as they surrounded his home New Kasama in Lusaka capital.
Mr. Hichilema is expected to appear to court on treason charges which in fact, according to Zambian law, the penalty for treason charges is death. Mr. Hichilema has no criminal records, these charges seem to be staged so as to trouble his political career.
ACT WAZALENDO strongly condemn the arrest of Hichema bacause it is not only an ongoing plot to suppress opposition leaders in Africa, but also the act pinches the growth of democracy in general.
We are saying this due to the fact that the arrest and pressing charges against leaders of the opposition in African countries has been in the rapid increase, and in fact Tanzania is among the victims of such cruelty.
ACT WAZALENDO appeals to all pro democracy campaigners, human rights activists, Africa Union and the United Nations to oppose and condemn such arrests which are being engineered by those in power.
With the view of supporting human rights and the respect to people’s dignity anywhere in the World, ACT WAZALENDO will keep fighting for peace, justice and equality of all people regardless of tribes, color and national borders, because we believe people deserve equal treatment under the law, and the ability to exercise their rights without fear of retribution.
John Patrick Mbozu,
Secretary for Foreign Affairs, ACT Wazalendo.