UPND Leader Hakainda Hichilema and Godfrey Mwamba following the proceedings of the 2017 Kuomboka Ceremony yesterday 08-04-2017. Picture by ROYD SIBAJENE/ZANIS
UPND Leader Hakainda Hichilema and Godfrey Mwamba following the proceedings of the 2017 Kuomboka Ceremony yesterday 08-04-2017. Picture by ROYD SIBAJENE/ZANIS
POLICE have opened an inquiry into United Party for National Development (UPND) leaders Hakainde Hichilema and his vice-president Geoffrey Mwamba for allegedly obstructing a presidential motorcade in Mongu on Saturday.

Western Province commissioner of police Charles Lungu said in an interview yesterday that an inquiry file has been submitted to the police headquarters in Lusaka.

“An inquiry has been opened against the UPND leadership following an obstruction to President Edgar Lungu’s motorcade on its way to Limulunga, where he was scheduled to receive the Litunga during the Kuomboka traditional ceremony,” he said.

On Saturday, Mr Hichilema and Mr Mwamba’s motorcade failed to give way to the presidential convoy, which was enroute to Limulunga.

This has infuriated a cross-section of Zambians, many of whom have called for the arrest and prosecution of the culprits for the disrespect of authority.

Meanwhile, Western Province Minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu has said the obstruction of the presidential motorcade was uncalled for and should never have occurred.

Meanwhile, the police in Mongu have said a man who was apprehended for trespassing at Mongu Airport when a plane carrying President Lungu was about to take off, is mentally disturbed.

Mr Lungu said it has been established that the man is mentally unstable after members of his family presented documents from the hospital.

Mr Lungu has, however, said the man will remain in custody pending few more clarifications.

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52 COMMENTS

    • In Zambia in nowadays all I read about is politicking by politicians, members of public, civil servant etc. Please can we go back to work. We have street kids all over the streets of lusaka, garbage, binge drinking in the cities and the markets in various places. Charcoal burning is another problem. Lack of nurses at UTH, lack of beds at UTH name it last time I went there the lift was not working not sure if it is fixed. There a lot of things to be done in Zambia and not just every day ECL, HH, UPND, PF, SINKAMBA, Nevers, Fr Bwalya, people please let us work for the good of ourselves than this….

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    • Please cage hh the man is full of jealous and hate. Even if you don’t respect the president for the sake your people and the people you claim to fight for give respect to the man in office. Right now Lungu is the only President Zambia has, whether you like it or not, whether you recognize him or not, whether you go to trump or not, whether you hang yourself or not. If you continue to behalf like a kid all what you’re doing will be used against you on the next election. If I were you I would behave myself. If you’re a wise man listen and behave yourself. People will judge you.

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    • Truth be told, the upnd leadership is headed for political irrelevance given their behavior over the weekend.
      From the video footage, one police sweeper car almost rammed into a upnd convoy.
      Such behavior by upnd is inexcusable and has consequences.
      Thank goodness no lives were lost as the VVIP police protection unit exhibited restraint… most likely on orders from Lungu himself.
      HH and GBV must be held accountable for their reckless behaviour..
      upnd must respect the office… the presidency

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    • What inquiry when they have already killed HH and his family.

      This news is from reliable sources in the intelligence community.

      As UPND lets start thinking about the next strategy before these PF thugs kill us all.

      VIVA HH rest in peace my president. Your death is not in vain.

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    • “This has infuriated a cross-section of Zambians, many of whom have called for the arrest and prosecution of the culprits for the disrespect of authority.”

      THE PROSECUTION OF THESE (HH AND GBM) TWO F00LISH INDIVIDUALS HAS BEEN LONG OVERDUE.
      “Meanwhile, the police in Mongu have said a man who was apprehended for trespassing at Mongu Airport when a plane carrying President Lungu was about to take off, is mentally disturbed.”
      AND WHERE WAS THE PRESIDENTIAL SECURITY/POLICE, AGAIN?

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    • Lungu, if at all you are genuine, fire Kanganja immediately. He is the one who put your life in danger in Mongu. He failed you, intentionally and deliberately. Find out why Kanganja did not command his officers to sweep the road for you.

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  1. let the petion be heard and all this will be the thing of the past,am interested to know what really happened during elections

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    • It must be made clear that there’s no petition to be heard.
      Accordi ro the law, the petition was dealt with…. it was dismissed in the con court. The constitution clearly states that decision by the con court cannot be appealed.
      Edgar Lungu was subsequently sworn in as Republican President… that chapter is closed and can’t be reopened..

      How then does upnd suggest the petition will be heard? Do you expect the con court to set aside their ruling and allow a trial ?
      What would such a decision do to the credibility of the court and the reaction from general public?
      Do you think PF members would accept a reversal of the con court ruling?
      How about the well being of.the nation at large?… peace, security, unity, stability…etc
      Given these facts on the ground, it’s simply…

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    • How will this petition be heard when it is not before any court? But ba UPND. Do you expect Lungu to say ‘lets go to court to show you that I won’

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    • Iwe kaGen, the petition was never dismissed. Instead the petition was not determined under the pretext of expiry of the time limit. Don’t spread lies.

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  2. He has every characteristic of a dectator. I for one I am glad he is not president. Lungu is not ideal, but he won. Respect the presidency. We are suppose to be a nation of laws. Had something happened to the president in that incidence, it would have affected everything. How can someone be so selfish?

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  3. Police open inquiry in to theirs own incompetence?
    Any bets on the results of such unbiased inquiry?

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  4. In Zambia in nowadays all I read about is politicking by politicians, members of public, civil servant etc. Please can we go back to work. We have street kids all over the streets of lusaka, garbage, binge drinking in the cities and the markets in various places. Charcoal burning is another problem. Lack of nurses at UTH, lack of beds at UTH name it last time I went there the lift was not working not sure if it is fixed. There a lot of things to be done in Zambia and not just every day ECL, HH, UPND, PF, SINKAMBA, Nevers, Fr Bwalya, people please let us work for the good of ourselves than this.

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    • Who is going to solve all this problems? PF? They are to busy trying to force recognition of their President to be bothered with governance.

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    • ECL,
      Solving these problems is not about a political party of politician. It is about doing things correctly adhering to the rule of law. The law of the land should govern and bring order. And that is what I have observed here in Australia. Law runs the show here, while in Zambia politicians run the show. Things here get done, while in Zambia things get done usually if the president/part in power says so.

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  5. In this instance, its only fair that the police also open an enquiry against LUNGU for causing a security risk to HH and GBM’s motorcade
    See, who can with certainty tell me here that stopping by the wayside at that spot would not have exposed HH and GBM to a sniper’s shot? This could have been what was going on in the minds of the two leader’s security personnel. This is what they are trained to anticipate. LUNGU’S security’s personnel should have been able to foresee this and tried coordinate things with their counterparts? What happened to collaboration? Both these motorcades had leaders and both whose lives need protection from security details. Even the Russian and American airforces have until recently this communication channel to avoid accidental clashes out there in Syria

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  6. We are praying that emotions and inflammatory statements will be curtailed and the possible ‘arrest’ of HH is done with minimal cause for alarm & reaction from his supporters & sympathizers. Remarks from ba Mumbi & bena Kaamba are not needed now; police need not play to the PF gallery. The country has been divided pre & post elections. The kellogg is set, all it needs is a spark to let the fuse blow up. No one wins in a gun battle…..Rasta say: “Gun shot, it no respect no man!” May God spare the nation of the heavy handed approach from security wings, which we have sadly been seeing steadily increasing. There is no Tonga dog or Lozi *****, neither is there a wise Ngoni or smart Bemba. We have intermarried within each other and HH has support across regions as ECL has. The political…

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  7. The political impasse needs to be solved politically and to a greater extent, legally. No one needs to die today, tomorrow or next week, however, the police brutality against the opposition is simply unprecedented under this PF government, records are there to show. This must end.

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  8. This is all political gamesmanship using the police.Why didn’t the police try to get him off the road in fact they just overtook him and drove on to their merry destination?

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    • Thats their job men. They are duty bound to bring to book lawless minds like Hichilema and Bwalya Mwamba.

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  9. Another unwise and wrong move from Police Failure! Listening to cadres like Mumbi and Amos instead of exhibiting professionalism. Anyway, it serves EL well to have HH and GBM arrested. It is passion week and emotions are high. After the Triumphant entry by the opposition, egos have been bruised and a bruised ego is the most difficult to treat. My question is where is our council of elders to sit our leaders around the table before it is too late? The situation in our country is volatile. It just needs a spark to trigger the unthinkable. All this is having a terrible impact on investor confidence and the economy in general! This is total madness!

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    • Triumphant entry did not change anything on HH and GBM. They went and came back the same. Only one was refered to as republican president. The same behaviour from the two will make them lose in 2021 because their usual triumphant entry in 3 provinces blind them to claim victory. They should chill and show maturity the clock is ticking they are busy knocking at the doors of all courts in the country.

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  10. If a mentally disturbed person can be arrested what about a person with full faculties and understands the laws very well. HH and GBM knew what they were doing and with purpose ….ill intention …..disrupt the Kuomboka ….start an indiscriminate riot. Arrest him and no bail. Let them say what they want.

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    • So you come across a motorcade on a very deplorable road when you are meant to be in government and fixing roads. You then go ahead and claim that you were blocked when your security and can I say 600 police officers fail to clear the route. Don’t be silly young man. Who is mere lungu. Who can want to kill that useless man. It is more interesting to watch him fail in from of the whole world. You think raising hh house will help your illegal government. Wake up mate.

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  11. Why do you compare Australia to Zambia? What have you done to help the Aborigines over there? These people have been denied basic rights in their own land by white settlers and all you say is “here in Australia ..here ..” did you contribute to development apart from being a “sangwapo “?

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    • And you what development have you contributed and what achievements has lungu since he illegally took over? Give me 7

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    • @12.1 I employ 3 people at the farm 2 mini bus drivers, 1 shopkeeper and two domestics so what else do you want me to do? Oh I nearly forgot I’ve built and electrified a nice house in the village for mum. I don’t need Lungu to do that for me.

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  12. Yes. Something fishy with these donkeys. As innocent citizens we probably don’t see the bigger picture. So let police do their work and inform us.

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  13. Why haven’t they opened an inquiry into why the state of that road is in such a deplorable state while their f00lish illegal president travels around aimlessly. Let me tell you that lungu days are numbered.

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    • You will continue drinking your urine because of bitterness, just go back to Dundumwezi and eat grass.
      I.diot.

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    • It’s your poor mother that drinks my urine..wembwa

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  14. I just wonder why a lot of people are blaming HH and his team. The police allowed him to pass before the Presidential motorcade passed and they did not specify at which speed HH’s motorcade should drive. As Mumbi Phiri put it, the police did not do a professional job. It is not HH’s fault that he enjoys popularity in Western Province. But I also like Edgar Lungu’s calmness and humility. He knows that Western Province is not his stronghold and so he accepted the situation as it is.And may I ask this question: Why didn’t the President close the window in his vehicle when overtaking HH’s motorcade?

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    • Because lungu is a monkey and likes looking out the window in case he sees a banana and decides to jump out

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  15. Kamba tells Police not to give UPND a permit for a rally in Lusaka, Police Oblige. Mumbi Phiri castigates Police for not doing anything to HH in Mongu for a motorcade incidence, in which HH was not even the driver and Police go all over HH’s home releasing tear gas which tear gas HH has helped to buy through payment of taxes. I am PF but I confess that this is a finished country. It is not necessary anymore in this century for Police to be using stone age colonial methods to silence opponents of the government. What are courts for if one has offended? You failed to do your job in Mongu and now you should try to make up to your masters. How cheap? Was HH the driver in Mongu? HH was a passenger, for your free information.

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  16. Because HH is a monkey and likes looking out the window in case he sees a banana and decides to jump out

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  17. I am waiting for a comment from General Miyanda on this fiasco. He is generally regarded as a voice of reason, and is so critical when it comes to matters to do with upholding the rule of law and general orderliness in the nation. But at certain times his silence on various vital national matters leaves a lot of questions on sober minded political observers like me. The general being a career soldier and former national vice president is well qualified to give a balanced analysis of the situation, especially that he was a a very senior member of the then Chiluba administration when the nation almost lost the then state vice president Levy P Mwanawasa in that unfortunate mishap which almost robed the nation of a gallant leader. I await the general comment!

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  18. Who is Lungu. He is just a thug and tip pot dictator who has imposed himself upon Zambians. One day and sooner justice will be restored to Zambia and these f00lish police officers and Kanganja shall be in a mess with Lungu no where to be seen.

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  19. @19 He didn’t impose himself on my family ….we voted for him from my parents, uncles, children, nieces, nephews …

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  20. Hichilema was not driving any vehicle in Mongu, Summon his drivers. What is difficult kanshi on a simple and straight forward issue

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  21. How can two passengers in a vehicle, GBM and HH block a presidential motorcade? Common sense issues!

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  22. GOD is alive and always fights for His children, when bad happens God restores everything with a double reward, i feel GOD is taking hh to the office for this mess, may GOD be with him and protect him in the mighty and precious of Jesus Christ, Amen!. read about the story of joseph in the BIBLE

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