The PF police have agreed to charge UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema with two trumped up charged given to them by president Edgar Lungu.
Last Thursday, Lungu ordered the police in Lusaka to summon Hichilema for questioning over an alleged breach of the Public Order Act (POA). He did not go to Kabwata police station as he was not served with any call out. The police later said he and his deputy Secretary General Kachungwa Simusamba should go to the police station on Monday.
But police sources have told the Watchdog that by Saturday they had not been told what exactly to charge the opposition leader with.
It was only after Lungu finished his business in Northwwestern province on Saturday evening that he had time to dictate what offences to charge his opponent with.
‘So we have been told to charge him with unlawful procession and conduct likely to cause the breach of peace,’ a source said.
The UPND leader is alleged to have broken the law during his door-to-door visits to houses and shops in Kabwata, an action that brought confusion and lawlessness.
Lusaka Province commissioner of police Charity Katanga told government media that Hichilema’s visits to shops and homes in Kabwata caused confusion.
“The UPND leader was busy going round the shops, so we have summoned him to appear before Kabwata Police Station officers at 10:00 hours. We just want to interview him,” she said.