PEOPLE of Zambia, HH is fighting for your rights, stand by him, says Jack Kalala.
The former presidential aide in the Levy Mwanawasa administration, in a tweet, urged Zambians to “stand up and defend what is yours.”
“People of Zambia, HH is fighting for your rights, for your wealth and for your land! Stand by him,” said Kalala.
“The land in Chongwe is yours. ZAFFICO, & ZNBC are yours. HH is yours. It’s your land. It’s your wealth. He is your man. Stand up and defend what is yours. #Zambia.”
On Friday, police in Ndola summoned UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema to report himself for investigations at Copperbelt Division headquarters on Wednesday this week.
A police callout dated November 9 indicates that Hichilema should present himself at 09:00 hours.
“You are requested to report yourself to Zambia Police Copperbelt Division headquarters, Ndola, on 14/11/2018 at 09:00 hours for the purpose of investigations. You will not be kept longer than absolutely necessary, ” according to the callout signed by Gloria C. Mulele, deputy division Criminal Investigations Officer (DCIO).
There is growing machinations, albeit veiled, by the State to arrest Hichilema, alleging that he incited some Kitwe residents to riot last week – to protest the supposed sale of Zambia Forestry and Forest Industries Corporation (ZAFFICO).
On Wednesday, chief government spokesperson Dora Siliya said the government had observed with great concern a new trend by: “Opposition political party leaders and in particular the UPND leader Mr Hakainde Hichilema to package innuendoes, to package untruths – simply lies – as a way to gain popularity.”
“….And also an agenda to incite the citizens of this country to rise against a duly elected government. That is very much against the Penal Code of Zambia where in Article 57 and 60 it also extends to others such as the media that you are not supposed to publish information that will bring a duly elected government into contempt – unless you believe that information to be true,” Siliya said.
“The warning from government is that following the riots in the Copperbelt over ZAFFICO, relevant government wings are going to carry out a thorough investigation on those who were inciting and even those who have the opportunity to re-broadcast this inciting. I want to be clear [that] government is not against the opposition; in a democracy the majority will get their way but the minority must also be heard.”
Asked on what “thorough investigations” the police would be carrying out when Hichilema had already been named as the culprit, Siliya responded: “Clearly, there are procedures within government, particularly Ministry of Home Affairs. We will leave it that they are experts and they know what they are doing.”
Siliya challenged Hichilema if indeed he had any proof that ZAFFICO and ZNBC had been sold, “I’m prepared to resign.”