Civil society organizations alarmed and concerned at the arrest of Fr. Bwalya
The civil society organizations are alarmed and concerned at the arrest of Fr. Bwalya for merely distributing red pieces of paper.
Citizen’s forum executive Director, Simon kabanda has appealed to the Police at Kamfinsa, where Fr. Bwalya is being detained, not to tamper with the rights.
Mr. Kabanda reveals that the police are not allowing anyone to visit Fr. Bwalya, and not to give him food. People who went to Kamfinsa were denied entry to see him and give him some food.
He says that not even father Bwalya’s mother has been allowed to go in to see her son, and to give him some food.
He has condemned this action in strongest terms describing it as unfair.
He has therefore appealed to the Police Command to prevail on their juniors at Kamfinsa to allow people to see Fr. Frank Bwalya and to allow them to give him some food stating that Zambia is not a police state.
The consortium of civil society organizations is therefore going to hold a press conference on Sunday 14 March 2010 to communicate with the public on this issue of the arrest of Fr. Frank Bwalya.
Father Bwalya was arrested by Kitwe police and detained at Kamfinsa Remand Prison for allegedly flashing red cards against President Rupiah Banda and the MMD government.
Father Bwalya in an interview with QFM during this week questioned what offence there in giving the MMD government a red card.