Opposition MMD faction leader Nevers Mumba has been arrested and charged with the offense of criminal trespass.
This follows his recent storming of ZNBC offices in Lusaka where he went to complain about a new story that was aired during a 19:00hrs news bulletin.
Dr. Mumba who by broadcast time was locked at woodlands police station was picked up this afternoon after the police conducted a search for a firearm at his Kabulonga residence.
He has been denied bond.
And speaking behind bars Dr. Mumba says he will not stop talking until the petition for the August presidential election has been heard by the Constitutional Court.
He says he is ready to go to court for this.
And opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has accused President Edgar Lungu of directing the police to arrest Dr. Mumba over firearms.
He told journalists shortly after Dr. Mumba was charged and locked behind bars that it is unfortunate that the police have arrested the MMD faction leader without sending him a call out.
Mr. Hichilema also finds it unfortunate that the police had denied Dr. Mumba bond.
UPND Media team has issued the following statement to the media
A FAILED STATE IS UPON US – GARY NKOMBO (UPND)
The creation of a failed state is upon us and we alert all Zambians to beware that the Patriotic Front Government is determined to cause chaos as a result of the fear that has gripped President Lungu following the widespread local, regional and international criticism and condemenation over the shabby and embarrassing manner in which the August Elections were rigged.
Our team of UPND leaders which included UPND President Hakainde Hichilema and running mate Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba and other senior leaders and supporters came to show solidarity with MMD President Dr. Nevers Mumba, because we have been prepared for these emerging desperate actions from the PF which are simply signs of great fear from frightened men who do not know how to get out of the chaos they have created for themselves after the clumsiest elections in Zambian history, eclipsing even the elections under the One Party UNIP era. They are now making desperate attempts to scare and silence members of the opposition and general public from commenting on the stark revelations that they lost the 2016 August election to the UPND hence their fear to allow the Presidential Petition from being heard.
It is strange that the State Police first arrived at Dr. Mumba’s residence around 10:30 hours demanding to search the house for stolen firearms without a search warrant. When challenged they hurriedly left only to emerge an hour later with a warrant upon which they proceeded to search the house accompanied by Mrs. Florence Mumba while Dr. Mumba held discussions r his lawyer. When the bogus search yielded a blank, they suddenly changed and said they were arresting Dr. Mumba for Criminal Tresspass and requested him to accompany them to Woodlands Police Station
Dr. Mumba has been remanded in custody for a and bailable offence of Criminal Traspass resulting from a a walk-in visit to ZNBC studios on Thursday 8th September, 2016 where he went to verify an un-clear news item that had ran on the 1900hrs news bulletin related to the on-going Presidential Petition court case after receiving numerous calls from concerned members of the public. This arrest is nothing but part of a wider clampdown on democratic freedoms which started with the closure of the privately owned Post newspaper, followed by Muvi TV, Komboni and Itezhi-Tezhi radio stations planned ahead of rigging the elections. It is part of a strategy to intimidate and shut the voices of the opposition and any dissenting voice following the controvertial August elections which are widely believed to have been won by the UPND.
We make an urgent appeal to the EU and the Donor community represented in Zambia, the AU and SADC Representatives not to merely standby and watch the deteriorating situation but urge them to make urgent intervention before the situation escalates to dangerous proportions.
The MMD is an electoral strategic alliance partner with the UPND via a signed Memorandum of Understanding in the August 2016 election.
UPND MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT – MAZABUKA CENTRAL
UPND MEDIA TEAM