LUSAKA mayor Daniel Chisenga on Saturday carried out a citizen’s arrest on a Ministry of Finance employee for allegedly insulting President Michael Sata.
Chisenga said that Sisiku Akapelwa, a senior economist in the Ministry of Finance, referred to President Sata as a stupid person.
“We went to Kabwe on Saturday and we arrived around 12:00 hours. I was dropping the gentleman who accompanied me in Woodlands. We decided to buy some water at Mutende Lodge in Woodlands. When we went to the counter, we found this man, he was just something else. He was talking on top of his voice. He had an argument with his girlfriend so he started insulting and he was totally out of control,” explained Chisenga.
“Surprisingly, he now comes and says ‘all of you here are being stupid like the PF government and President Michael Sata’. I said, ‘how does the President come in this matter? How does the PF government come in? You are drunk and can you retract your statement because this is very serious’.
Then he says, ‘ cannot retract my statement. I know I am a civil servant. I still maintain my statement because this PF government is just employing Bemba people’.
He said so many things, then I told him ‘no! You are going beyond board and I will not allow you to disrespect the President in such a manner,’ and that’s how I called the CIO at Woodlands. He wanted to run away but we cornered him and took him together with the girlfriend at Woodlands police station.”
And police spokesperson Elizabeth Kanjela confirmed the development, saying police were investigating such an incident and that Akapelwa had not yet been formally arrested.
Kanjela said Akapelwa, 42 of house number 1992 M Ibex Hill, was taken to Woodlands police station between 13:00 and 14:00 hours on Saturday and spent a night in the cells.
“We are investigating the matter and depending on the outcome of t