United Party for National Development (UPND) special assistant to the president for special duties Edward Mumbi has said there was no way Mr Hichilema, a national leader could go to the police without his supporters.
Mr Mumbi said in an interview that it had never happened in the history of Zambia where a leader of a big political party could go to the police unescorted.
“He will be accompanied by decent people and we don’t want to see the unruly behaviour of the police,” he said.
Mr Mumbi said the members who would escort Mr Hichilema would comply with police commands when instructed.
“We are going with the people and if they say stand 100 metres away from the police then we will comply,” he said.
However, the police warned that the presence of cadres would not be tolerated and have appealed to the UPND leadership not to take political cadres at the police headquarters as Mr Hichilema appeared before the team of investigators as that might compromise his own security as well as that of other people.
Mr Hichilema is supposed to answer charges pertaining to issuing alarming statements that the Patriotic Front (PF) Government was sending youths to Sudan to be trained as militia men, an allegation that the Sudanese government has already refuted.
[Times of Zambia]