Director of Prisons Percy Chato has confirmed that prison authorities are treating Hakainde Hichilema as a prisoner and not a mere accused person.
A prisoner is a convicted criminal sent to jail for punishment.
But a person who is not yet tried by a court is a mere detainee and is not in jail for punishment like a prisoner who is even given prison uniform.
Chato says since UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema is a prisoner, he is only allowed to meet three visitors at any given time.
And Chato has explained that UPND officials were not allowed to see Hichilema yesterday because Saturday was not a visiting day at Kabwe’s Mukobeko
Chato said All visits are conducted as per rules contained in Rule 132 (1) and (2) of the Prison Act (CAP 97 of the Laws of Zambia) i.e. “No prisoner shall be allowed more than three visitors at any one time and All visits to prisoner shall take place during such hours as the officer in charge may direct…” Chato explained.
He said Kabwe Maximum Security Prison only allows visits on Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays.
“As a Service we operate by a system of laws and procedures. Visits to Kabwe Maximum Security of the accused persons by their family and friends shall take place on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 to 11:40h and from 14 to 15:40h to enable us conduct midday lockup and final lock up respectively,” he explained.
Chato however said nothing about the faecal matter the cells where HH aid held. He also said nothing about the lack of water and toilet in HH’s detention room. He also did not say anything on the fact that HH is made bath where other people are watching .