Zambian opposition party lawyer arrested – report
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
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