Opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has finally been charged with treason by Zambia Police .
Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja told a media briefing that Mr Hichilema has been jointly charged with five other people with treason and three other criminal offences.
“I would like to inform the nation that we have jointly charged and arrested Mr Hichilema and five others with:
1. Treason contrary to section 43 (1) (a)
2. Disobedient to lawful orders contrary to section 127 of the penal code.
3. Disobeying of statutory duty contrary to section 126 of the penal code of the laws of Zambia (rule No. 222 of the High Way Code), and
4. Use of insulting language contrary to section 179 of the penal code.”
Mr Kanganja said those jointly charged with Mr Hichilema are Lastone Mulilandumba, Muleya Haachenda, Walace Chakwa, Pretornous Haloba, and Hamusonde Hamaleka.
He said the police had closely analysed what transpired in Mongu district of western province on Saturday the 8th of April 2017 were the UPND leader Mr Hichilema and other persons in his entourage obstructed the Presidential motorcade.
“It has been established that the opposition leader disobeyed police orders to give way to the Presidential motorcade on Limulunga road in an attempt to put the life of the Republican President in danger,” Mr Kanganja said.
He said the dockets of the case would be taken to the Director of Public Prosecutions for further dealings.
Mr Kanganja stated that the police had been unable to charge Mr Hichilema yesterday because one of his lawyers had requested that the other lawyers be present but they never showed up.
He said the lawyer had then requested that their client be charged today with all their lawyers present.
And 12 other UPND members have also been arrested for obstructing police officers in the due execution of duty which is contrary to section 250 (b) of the penal code.
“I wish to reiterate that the actions by the opposition leader were unreasonable, reckless and criminal. Therefore, members of the public are being warned that as police we are not going to watch such kind of behaviour by any person irrespective of their status or political affiliation. We shall ensure that all those that would want to cause unnecessary anarchy are arrested and prosecuted.” He said.