UPND president Hakainde Hichilema arrives at Kabwata Police Station for questioning
UPND president Hakainde Hichilema arrives at Kabwata Police Station for questioning

UNITED Party for National Development (UPND) will petition Government to international human rights institutions for allegedly suppressing them using the  (POA)

But chief government spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili says the UPND are free to report anywhere because they were the architects of the POA they are now condemning.

Speaking at a press briefing in Lusaka yesterday, UPND chairperson of energy Garry Nkombo accused Government of restricting UPND president Hakainde Hichilema’s movements using the POA.

This follows police action to summon and question Mr Hichilema for allegedly breaching the POA last week over a fracas that occurred involving UPND cadres in Kamwala when the UPND leader visited the area.

Mr Nkombo said UPND members of Parliament would appeal to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the United Nations Human Rights Council if the police continue suppressing movements of its party officials.

“He broke the law with impunity and our police simply advised him to follow the law. This is how good this Government is,” Mr Kambwili said.

On Monday, speaking on behalf of Mr Hichilema soon after the UPND leader appeared before police, party chairperson for legal and constitutional affairs Jack Mwiimbu said: “The matter has been resolved and, in future, we will inform police. We agreed to abide by the provisions of the Public Order Act.”

Lusaka Province commissioner of police Charity Katanga said Mr Hichilema had been summoned not because he had visited the market but due to the fracas that ensued involving UPND cadres.

But Mr Kambwili said yesterday that the UPND are free to go to the SADC or UN Human Rights Council to report.
“Why should they even threaten? Let them go ahead. There is nothing sinister with the POA. It has always been like that. In fact, it is the same UPND and MMD that amended the POA to its current form. We were not in Parliament at that time,” he said in an interview.

Mr Kambwili, who is Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, said the UPND must be grateful because Government does not interfere with police.

He said Mr Hichilema breached the POA because he allegedly went to incite people in Kamwala to rise against Government.

He said Mr Hichilema should be realistic.

“He broke the law with impunity and our police simply advised him to follow the law. This is how good this Government is,” Mr Kambwili said.

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45 COMMENTS

    • UPND ever busy firing hot air….Pwepwepwe..pwe, fufufufuuuu, booboooh.

      Bring up next topic please, we are tired of this hot air.

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    • Mr Kambwili what is good about interrogated over visiting your own people what about Mr Sampa has he been interrogated over the same case? Chi wamila garu kuluma mbuzi, but mbuzi i kaluma garu ni news!!! Haa Haaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • THE MIGHTY UPND WILL ALWAYS BE FAMOUS IN OUR GENERATION. THE FAVORITE HH WILL ALWAYS GIVE THIS CORRUPT PF GOVERNMENT A NIGHT MARE!

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    • HH has lost his “political conscience”. He is hell bent to create havoc and an uprising so that people can think he is being targeted.

      Even in the UK and certain States of the USA, one is required to inform the police if you are going to hold a public rally

      If one intends a hold a party at home in the UK, you are obliged to inform the police so that you are put on the radar by Ambulance Services, Fire Brigade & Police Patrol Units… just in case.

      Similar laws are in UK to protect citizens and can easily be Googled on line.

      It’s not a difficult thing for UPND to inform the police.

      HH deliberately did this so that he can appear before the police and cry to the world.

      His MP’s & MMD are the ones who amended this law. If anything he must start with his MP’s.

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    • I totally agree with Kambwili. UPND can report anywhere. They helped create the “evil” POA and now they are crying over it?

      Much as I dont like the POA, its actually a necessary regulatory and control tool under our current fragile but budding democracy
      Without the POA, our country can easily slide into anarchy, mayhem, lawlessness and become ungovernable.

      UPND would behave worse if given a chance to rule

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  1. UPND busy firing hot air….Pwepwepwe..pwe, fufufufuuuu, booboooh.

    Next please we are tired of this hot air.

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  2. How can UPND be responsible for the POA when they have never run govt? Even PF’s rotting dictator Sata in 2012 blamed the POA on the British instead.

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    • Back Teeth Lungu#

      You are very dull…,

      MP’s are elected to become law – makers. It was this UPND elected officials who voted to amend this law in parliament.

      Please wake up.

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  3. Kambwili is talking like a Dog barking Something he cannot see. He is disturbed by BP fats, malabish. Is HH not a person who is supposed to move everywhere? Don’t think PF niyamuyayaya like the way KK made it in colonial days. UPND can not just waist time to go there because Mugabe is chairperson of SADC

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  4. Dear Lusaka times, do something for that Box that obstruct messages to be fully readable

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  5. Clutching at straws.
    HH is not just an ordinary person, he is a leader of a political party. Main reason for him to inform the police of his movements where, there is likely to be large numbers of people is for them to provide security. To deploy some police in advance in case overzealous cadres clash. To maintain some sort of peace in case some cadres try to disturb his (HH) program like what happened in kamwala.
    How difficult is that to understand.
    At one point he and his cadres wanted to carry a coffin through Cairo road to leopards hill cemetery. Can you imagine the chaos that would have ensured.
    HH can do better than this.

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    • @WILLIAM I like the way you have articulated this matter. UPND supporters lack understanding thats why they have negative complaints.Let us all learn to view things the way they are.The job of the police is to protect members of the public and if someone goes against the law let them face the law and it does not matter your status in society.

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  6. hahaha! The ICC is visibly missing on the list this time. A withering of fortunes by any chance? You see you have turncoats and blaba mouths all over the place. Just watch Kapita’s mouth for the next few months and behold how i.d.iots forget their stand for a few morsels from the taxpayer’s table! It is disgusting.

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  7. This is an internal affair over which an outside entity has no authority! You can have this repealed via Parliament instead of fighting for access to information. Our laws cannot be controlled by the un just like the un cannot control American laws!

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  8. I dont admire um tonga nangu asambilile shani bcoz thinking yabo nousha sambilila atontonkanyapo bwino.These guys they dont know politics lyonsefye bena kupulumpuntafye alabane mulesalapuka ifisushi fya nkombe fyalimukowesha.

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    • Karods, you are right, actually the only good thing that they do best is bu kachema.

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    • I thats Shallow thinking.I live with Tongas who are doing very well and can articulate issues better than you kabolala iwe

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  9. Go ahead bwana. That is shallow thinking. Fight from within not ati naya kuli ba neighbour muku zala! Fya Kale!

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  10. I THOUGHT HH WAS IN LONDON SAYING ZAMBIA IS SINKING AND WHAT DID HIS TOUR DO? THE ANSWER IS NOTHING AND HIS EXCELLENCY EL IS STILL ON THE SADDLE SAILING AND RIDDING. SO HH GO ANYWHERE BUT HIS COWS WILL STILL BE CHEWING GRASS OF MOTHER ZAMBIA.

    LIKE I ALWAYS SAY HH CRIES FOR ATTENTION BUT HE DOES NOT EVEN KNOW HOW TO DO IT WHAT A SHAME!!

    AS FOR US IN PF WE ARE BUSY WORKING WITH OUR PROJECTS EVERY WHERE IN THE COUNTRY TO UPLIFT THE STANDARDS OF OUR CITIZENS.

    SO PLEASE LIKE HON KAMBWILI SAID GO ANYWHERE EVEN TO MARS OR MERCURY NOTHING WILL CHANGE KKKKKKK

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    • I feel pity for you because you only know how to eat and you do not know where your wife is getting money for food maybe even from your social rivalry but you continue eating chikulu ba mpela ni food. Exactly the same with our country you donot know where the money is coming for developments even if you will be squeezed to your bones in repayment you do not care open up your eyes.

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  11. We have petty people both in government and opposition. I wonder what our colleagues in SADC will think of this. I am sure they have more pressing issues to attend to e.g. the xenophobic attacks in RSA, than try calming down tantrums of our leaders.

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    • Sadc is Mugabe, HH should understand that there is no freedom without pain and sacrifice. He should let them arrest him & charge him. They can not kill him. All they want is to intimidate him so he stays in one place with out campaigning, while pf has already opened its 2016 campaign using public funds. This is what Mugabe has been doing to MDC. Challenge the POA and keep, Chama & his deputy busy with court cases. AU, SADC won’t help you. You can as well forget politics if that’s your strategy.

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    • Ha @ james, arrest who? HH? This man is just a coward, remember on the copperbelt at one time he had to use the roof of a building to run away from some hooloigans instead of confronting them. A few weeks ago when he was summoned at woodlands police station he all of a sudden became dumb. When he gets into a police station he puts his tail between his legs but when they release him he stands on the anti-hill and shout on top of his voice to get attention. Let him go and tell Katanga that his interview was pure intimidation. Why tell it to people who have nothing to do with it. This man to me is not worthy of a politician!

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  12. when south africans were slaughtering your nationals you did not report to sadc which way upnd?

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  13. And that is Zambia’s opposition for you.So let ka hh go about coppying Sata who most people liked to mingle with,unlike ka hh,Nga bakepaya,olo ukukaponona dont blame the ZP….Pantu ka hh is not liked by many.And those of you comparing miles tour of his constituency as an mp and minister to hh are just naive.

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    • Zamcab unless you say Miles Sampa is not a public figure yes! but if he is which you and I know pretty well that he is then same law which was applied to HH should be applied to Miles or is it Kilometers as well

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  14. I thought they reported Zambia already to the white imperialist organization(UN)… Remember during last year’s election campaign when Maureen was taught how to do a 100m in 8.95seconds.

    Well SADC is Zambia, is Zimbabwe, is… And you think they will listen to an under 5!??
    Hope your UN will vote for you next year!

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  15. Go ahead and report to SADC. These organizations we belong to must be made to work for us also. We pay a lot of money just to be members. While other countries use these organs as source of good employment for their citizens, here we’re busy quarrelling among ourselves like dogs fighting over a bone.

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  16. Kachema and satan1st is now confused badly!!please report to them today and see what you’ll achieve-NOTHING!!!Zambia is a peaceful country and SADC or UN know this fact.there is no war or crisis here so please cry babies go ahead and report your nonsense and see who will pay attention to your kachema(tribal HH)!!!UPND has really run out of good ideas!!its a dead party indeed!!!JUST BE STRONG AND WAIT FOR KOLOPA.COM RELOADED IN 2016 AS ARE READY TO RETIRE YOUR HH ONCE AND FOR ALL BCOZ WE CANT SEE HIM STAND AGAIN IN 2021 AFTER LOSING FOR 5TH STRAIGHT TIMES!!!GO PF GO!!!BRAVO ECL!!!!!

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  17. When the going gets tough, Nkombo gets going…

    You agree that HH broke the law and promise to behave better next time. Next thing you want to run to SADC and the UN what sort of reasoning is that?

    This is why bloggers keep saying that UPND has no strategy and all they are is reactionary and devoid of anything positive.

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  18. HH and Upnd admitted before a young girl that they were wrong and promised to follow the POA next time. I can imagine U5 going on his knees pleading for forgiveness from a young girl . I always wonder why some clowns here support this U5 who fail to interpret a simple law. His only good at calculating how much Pf is stealing because stealing is his profession .

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  19. BA UPND YOU ARE ” POLITICAL DAMN DOGS”WITH YOUR TAILS BETWEEN YOUR LEGS. GO AND REPORT ANYWHERE,EVEN IN HEAVEN YOU WILL ALWAYS REMAIN “POLITICAL UNDERDOGS”

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  20. Come 2016 its COLOPA.COM hh will not survive. I have seen masive development here in s.p under pf. This time around s.p will vote emass for pf to finish off hh completely.

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  21. Mwebantu dont mind these crying babies jst give them chi bottle cha lactogen chapwa.the other day twalechaya ka booze pa kcc a lady asked one of U5 follower that which country is near the USA elyo chaisa asuka ati USB….kwali ukuseka mwe bantu,thats how dull they are.let them go to report to Mugabe the Chairman of SADC.

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  22. DESPARATE HAKAINDE HICHILEMA.YOUR TIME FOR POLITIS IS OVER JUST WAITING TO RETIRE YOU THE VOTERS IN 2016.

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  23. No to rubbished PF the abominable, the so called PF has been a front of foreigners from conflicted Congo, they are as aggressive as rebels. They have joined PF en mass,speak bemba fluently but they are not Bembas, they are criminals who have found sanctury in PF, the abominable party.

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  24. Childish! Convince Zambian electorate first. Take the issue of the public order act to parliament or better still dialogue with the PF government. Going to SADC or UN will achieve zero. PF are operating within the law which MMD left.

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  25. the under 5 politician is at it again…’ I will tell this’ I will tell that’ grow up man…we are tired of your dirty habit of destroying our lovely Zambian image through your cheap Braggadocio.

    Sela Tubombeko iwe ka under 5 Braggadocian

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