State House through Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo has denied the UPND President Hakainde Hichilema and his vice for Administration Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba access to visit over 8 UPND incarcerated members currently at Kamfinsa Prison in Kitwe.
Kamfinsa Commanding officer in charge James Nkoloma said according to instructions received from the State House through the Home Affairs Minister, Mr Hichilema and his vice president must not be allowed to visit the arrested members.
He however stated that the UPND President must instead write to state house through the Home Affairs ministry seeking permission to visit his party incarcerated members.
Mr. Hichilema and his entourage arrived at Kamfinsa prisons at exactly 10 hours and were made to wait for unsuccessful clearance for over 3hours.
And commanding officer in charge James Nkoloma maintained that Mr. Hichilema and his entourage must return to Lusaka as they were not going to be given a chance to visit the arrested members.
And addressing UPND members who had accompanied him, Mr Hichilema described the move as a total sign of dictatorship and infringement of human rights.
He wonders why PF and President Edgar Lungu can begin putting restrictions for him and his vice president from visiting party members arrested.
The UPND President however calls on the country to rise against such injustices.
He says it is uncalled for not to allow him and his vice president from visiting the arrested members when is it their right.
Mr. Hichilema disclosed that earlier in the week, his entourage was granted access to visit his arrested party members by the office of the Zambia prisons commission office.
And his vice president for Administration Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba adds that only a monarchy has such traits which restricts citizens from visiting the arrested citizens.
Over 8 UPND members among them, provincial chairperson for Copperbelt, Mr Elisha Matambo were arrested during elections after they intercepted a vehicle suspected to have been carrying pre marked ballot papers but were later slapped with a case of aggravated robbery.
Source UPND media