Opposition leader starved in jail

Zambia Opposition leader

Zambia Opposition leader

From ARNOLD MULENGA in Lusaka, Zambia
LUSAKA, (CAJ News) – ZAMBIAN authorities must investigate and hold accountable any officials found to have ill-treated opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema, during his detention, rights groups said.

The government, according to critics, must ultimately drop the charges of sedition levelled against Hichilema and his deputy, Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, as the accusations are a ploy by the government of President Edgar Lungu to intimidate and silence political opponents.

“The authorities must drop the charges against them and stop misusing the criminal justice system to harass political opposition,” said Amnesty International director for Southern Africa, Deprose Muchena.

Hakainde Hichilema and Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba were arrested in Luanshya on 5 October 2016 on their way to visit their supporters in prison.

They face accusations of “seditious practices” and “unlawful assembly.”

The charge carries a maximum sentence of five years.

Held at the Luanshya Police Station in Lusaka, Hichilema alleged police denied them food, water and bedding.

“The authorities must ensure prompt, impartial and effective investigations. Anyone found to have ill-treated them must be held accountable for their actions,” Muchena said.

The arrest comes two months after Hichilema lost narrowly to Lungu in an election marred by violence and rigging elections.

Hakainde Hichilema’s United Party for National Development has challenged the election results in the constitutional court. – CAJ News

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