UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has made an astonishing claim that police yesterday threatened him with fresh arrest if he stopped over and spoke to more than two people in Luanshya.
This was when Mr Hichilema and his Vice President Geoffrey Mwamba appeared for mention in the Luanshya Magistrate Court for unlawful assembly and seditious practices.
Mr Hichilema said police officers instructed his entourage that even shaking hands with two people within the court premises amounts to an illegal assembly.
“And as usual, heavily armed state police hounded us out of Luanshya immediately after the court hearing stating that even shaking hands with two people within the court premises amounts to an illegal assembly,” Mr Hichilema stated.
More police officers were assigned to monitor Mr Hichilema and Mr Mwamba in Kapiri Mposhi as they stopped over to buy food at Debonairs.
Three police officers were right at the entrance of Debonairs as the convoy parked to refreshen and buy food.
One officer was dressed in a riot gear with a button in his hand while the other officer was dressed in an ordinary khaki uniform with teargas gangsters and the other one was in plain clothes.
The officer in plain clothes suddenly was making a call and made signs to the other officers who immediately moved away from the entrance at the time Mr Hichilema and his entourage was walking towards the entrance.
The officers went to join other officers who were by the roadside where their blue land cruiser was packed.
All the officers had eyes fixed on Debonairs and the entourage until the UPND convoy drove off.
Despite tight police security throughout the route, members of the public still managed to take photos and selfies with the UPND leadership.
“We call on all our members and sympathisers across the country and beyond to remain strong as we seek justice, good governance and economic emancipation for a better Zambia. This is in line with our vision of a united, prosperous and equitable Zambia,” Mr Hichilema said.