Opposition leaders Hakainde Hichilema and Geoffrey Mwamba remained detained in Luanshya Central Police station after the state failed to present the duo before court this morning.
The matter in which Mr Hichilema and Mr Mwamba have been charged with seditious practices and unlawful assembly was supposed to take off at the Luanshya Magistrate Court at 09 Hours but has delayed to due to consultations.
A Police source has revealed that the prosecutor in the matter has travelled to the Ndola offices for consultation on the way forward in this matter.
Meanwhile, Mr Hichilema and Mr Mwamba have vowed that they will continue fighting injustice and that no amount of intimidation will silence them.
Mr Mwamba in a message posted on his Facebook page said, “I start this day by thanking Almighty God for the night well spent in the cells here Luanshya Police Station together with my President Hakainde Hichilema we reflected on all incidents taking place and realised that we have to continue moving forward like we have resolved until justice prevails.”
He added, “Let me make it clear to Edgar Lungu and his minions that if he believes that he can silence us by incarceration, he is barking up a wrong tree. No amount of intimidation using state agents (which in itself is abuse of power) will diminish our resolve to delivering a better Zambia for our people. In fact, this President and his minions have even toughened our resolve and we will see that justice shall be done on that stolen election.”
Mr Mwamba said, “As we progress, I wish to pay my greatest gratitude to you our supporters that braved the brutality exhibited by the unprofessional PF Police force, who are equally intimidated by little men and cadres of the PF. The likes of Shi Mumba and Chile 1 under the auspices of Chishimba Kambwili and Sturdy Mwale, who with impunity took over the events in Luanshya, be advised that your days are numbered.”
And Mr Hichilema said the two leaders endured a night in cells while maintaining that they need a better Zambia that everyone can call home without fear.
“We wish to inform you that we are in high spirit and not discouraged at all with this arrest instead our fighting spirit for true democratic and well governed Zambia has been re-energized. We thank our fellow leaders and sympathisers for standing with us during this trying moments. Further we call on you dear countrymen and women to join the struggle for a better Zambia and remain strong amidst such an oppression,” he said.
He said heavily armed police state have continued surrounding the cells as though they are criminals.
“We have been informed lots of our people were brutalised and detained yesterday, some wounded yet they have been denied medication. However, do not be discouraged, today we are hopeful of going to court though under the current dictatorial regime, we may be denied our rights to police bond as they did so yesterday. If such happens, we will look to God for spiritual strength and also to you for physical strength.”
Mr Hichilema said it is clear that Zambia now has a dictator presiding over the country’s affairs.
“But let us all unite and stop him from degenerating our country further. Strength is what we all need, and when our time to manage our country comes, courtesy of you our people, a time such as this, we will foster good governance as one way of creating investor confidence. Our fight shall always be for a united, prosperous and equitable Zambia. Be strong, for we are despite being in detention.”