Police threaten to arrest SACCORD over statement

In line with the continued intimidation of dissenting voices, police in Lusaka last Wednesday summoned and threatened to arrest SACCORD officials over a statement they made criticising the manner in which they were treating opposition parties.

Southern African Centre for the Construction of Disputes (SACCORD) acting executive director Boniface Cheembe said they were gravely concerned with the quick speed at which the police were disregarding the rights of opposition politicians with impunity as though the country’s constitution had been suspended.

See the full statement here

Deputy Inspector General of Police Solomon Jere immediately summoned Cheembe and Information officer Obby Chibuluma.

When he questioned them, Jere told them that they can easily go to jail prompting Cheembe to apologise.

Last week, Justice Minister Wynter Kabomba gave orders to police to arrest YALI officials for holding meetings to discuss the draft constitution.

A few days earlier MMD president Nevers Mumba was detained with other MMD leaders for meeting chief Nkana.

Opposition leaders have been blocked from holding rallies or meeting Zambians.

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