Dictatorship intensifies as police question Federation of Employers director

POLICE yesterday recorded a warn-and-caution statement from Zambia Federation of Employers (ZFE) executive director Harrington Chibanda for allegedly inciting employers not to comply with the revised minimum wage for domestic workers.
Mr Chibanda, who was accompanied by ZFE research and marketing manager John Banda and accountant Daniel Mwewa, arrived at Lusaka Central police station at 09:30 hours and went straight into the interrogation room.
The interrogations took over two hours but Mr Chibanda’s lawyer Charles Siamutwa of Charles Siamutwa Legal Practitioners said the questioning took only 30 minutes.
Police deputy spokesperson Charity Chanda and Mr Chibanda confirmed the questioning in separate interviews but could not give details.
“I can confirm that I reported to the police this (yesterday) morning. I was interviewed by the police in the matter where it is alleged that I incited employers not to comply with the statutory instruments on the revised minimum wage,” Mr Chibanda said.
And Ms Chanda said: “Yes, he (Mr Chibanda) was here, but I don’t have the details yet.”
Mr Siamutwa said police summoned Mr Chibanda to Lusaka Central police station where they recorded a warn-and-caution statement from him.

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