Fourth Revolution leader Eric Chanda has been arrested and thrown in police cells at Lusaka Central Police Station.
Mr Chanda, who is also Orange Alliance Secretary General is accused of defaming President Edgar Lungu.
Police Spokesperson Charity Munganga Chanda told Journalists that Mr Chanda has been formally arrested for the offence of defamation of the President in connection with an article on the 9th of May 2015 in the Post Newspaper indicating that President Lungu had gone to Mfuwe to play pool and clubbing at the expense of taxpayers.
Mrs Chanda said the opposition figure was arrested this morning and is currently in custody and will appear in court soon.
Mr. Chanda becomes the latest opposition politician to be detained by President Lungu’s administration in the last few months in what many observers believe is a growing intolerance by the Lungu administration in the build up to the August elections.
UPND Vice President Geoffrey Mwamba spent a weekend in police cells at Woodlands and Central Police Stations accused of illegal drilling.