After harassing and abusing them, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has decided to discontinue the case in which 16 citizens persecuted for being United Party for National Development (UPND) supporters were arrested for unlawful procession.
In this case, the 16 were wrongfully accused of unlawful procession and were alleged to have been among the 25 people that that allegedly participated in an illegal procession with Chongwe Member of Parliament (MP) Sylvia Masebo.
But because the government has no evidence but were just fixing opponents, when the case came up for trial before magistrate Kenneth Mulife on Friday, the state applied to have the matter discontinued as they had received instructions from the DPP to enter a nolle prosequi.
This is how it works in Zambia; the police arrest someone for no reason except that they do not support the PF’s lack of vision, put then in prison then enter a nolle prosequi when the matter goes before a judge. But then the PF will have achieved their purpose of punishing the opponents by putting them in dirty overcrowded detentions centres. The victims are also punished by making them to struggle to raise money to pay lawyers, especially this time around.
Defence lawyer Martha Mushipe said it was an abuse of police powers and an infringement of human rights for a person to be brought to court on a non-existent charge.