Police want to arrest HH for issuing disparaging remarks against President Michael Sata
Zambia police have continued their pursuit for opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema to institute an arrest. Mr Hichilema is wanted for allegedly issuing disparaging remarks against President Michael Sata during his tour at Lusaka’s Kalikiliki market.
Police spokesperson Elizabeth Kanjela could neither deny nor confirm whether Mr Hichilema was facing arrest.
“I am still waiting for a full report. So at the moment I cannot give you a comment,” Ms Kanjela said.
But police sources said some officers yesterday visited Mr Hichilema’s residence in Lusaka’s Kabulonga area to effect, an arrest but he was not available.
On Tuesday, officers approached Mr Hichilema who was appearing in a courtroom to serve him with the callout but their attempt was stopped.
Mr Hichilema’s lawyers protested against Police presence in the courtroom to issue the callout, which raised an exchange of words between the parties.
Mr Hichilema was at the time appearing for charges of conveying false news.
Meanwhile, the Lusaka magistrate’s court has officially temporarily halted the criminal proceedings against opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema following an order granted to him by the Supreme Court.
In the criminal matters Hichilema is facing one count of publication of false news with intent to cause fear and alarm to the public.
When the matter came up for continued trial yesterday before chief resident magistrate Joshua Banda, defense lawyers applied to have the matter stayed in view of the order by the Supreme Court which stated that their client’s criminal proceedings be stayed.
“I now halt the criminal matters against the accused person following the order by the Supreme Court to do so pending further determination by the higher court,” said the chief resident magistrate.
Supreme Court judge, Munyinda Wanki during the week directed that the criminal proceedings against Hachilema be stayed pending determination of the Constitutional issues currently before the High Court.
Judge Wanki has since set January 24 this year as the date for hearing of the application on behalf of Mr Hichilema to set aside judgment.
Through his lawyers, Hichilema had applied before Chief Resident Magistrate Joshua Banda for Constitutional reference of the indictment for the determination of the Constitutionality of the said provision of the penal code but magistrate Banda refused the application.
Hichilema on January 11, 2013 however appealed to the High Court asking it to stay the criminal proceedings against him but the High Court declined the application without stating reasons.
Hichilema further decided to take his matter to the Supreme Court where he now had been granted an injunction.
The matter was adjourned to February 15, 2013 for continued trial.