Zam­bian op­po­si­tion party lawyer ar­rested – re­port

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LUSAKA – The lawyer of Zam­bia’s main op­po­si­tion, the United Party for Na­tional De­vel­op­ment (UPND) has been ar­rested for al­legedly be­ing in pos­ses­sion of sub­ver­sive ma­te­ri­als, said a re­port on Tues­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the Lusaka Times, the Lusaka based lawyer, Martha Mu­shipe, was found to be in pos­ses­sion of a “con­fi­den­tial doc­u­ment en­ti­tled Strat­egy of dom­i­na­tion PF against op­po­si­tion UPND 2015 – 2016 and be­yond” which among oth­ers in­volved use of vi­o­lence against the op­po­si­tion.

The doc­u­ment was al­legedly com­piled by for­mer Jus­tice Min­is­ter Dr Ngosa Sim­byakula and two oth­ers who were not iden­ti­fied.

Mu­shipe has since been de­nied bail, but ac­cord­ing to her lawyers they would be go­ing to the Lusaka Mag­is­trate Court to se­cure her re­lease.

This came just a week af­ter Edgar Lungu was sworn in for his sec­ond term as the south­ern African coun­try’s pres­i­dent.

UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema dis­missed the cer­e­mony as “Il­le­gal and un­con­sti­tu­tional”.

Lungu, who first took power last year fol­low­ing the death of Michael Sata, won the Au­gust 11 elec­tion by around 100 000 votes. Hichilema, how­ever, al­leged that the re­sult was rid­dled with fraud. — AFP

Pope Fran­cis meets a par­tic­i­pant dur­ing a day of prayer for peace, in As­sisi, Italy.

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