A German diplomat says the continued detention of opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema was an obvious case of political persecution.
The chairperson of the German parliamentary committee for Southern African Development Community (SADC) Martin Rabanus says Europe will continue to speak out when opposition leaders in the region are “incarcerated for obvious political reasons”.
Rabanus was speaking when he met a group of journalists from Southern Africa at the German parliament (Bundestag) in Berlin German.
The German law maker was echoing the decision by the EU parliament to call for the release of Hakainde Hichilema
He said much as that was seen as interference in Zambia’s internal affairs, European countries like Germany considered Zambia a key partner in development and as such there was need to speak out on matters of concern.
Hichilema has remained in prison since April 11 when his residence was raided before his arrest and subsequent charge of treason which is non-bailable.