United Party for National Development (UPND) Information and Publicity Chairperson Charles Kakoma has expressed anxiety over the Police’s decision not to allow anyone to visit Mr. Hichilema at Lilayi today.
Speaking immediately after the media briefing addressed by the party Vice President Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba today, Kakoma said it is worrisome that Mr. Hichilema’s lawyers, elected UPND MPs and his close associates including family members and friends are not allowed to see him today.
Kakoma who explained with anxiety that yesterday lawyers were allowed to visit their client and it is worrying now that the same people who went yesterday are not allowed to see him today and that raises more questions than answers especially that Zambia police is no longer a service but a force now in Zambia.
He noted that the law is very clear that lawyers should have full access to their clients as part of the judicial processes, adding that even the worst condemned prisoner in Zambia are allowed to meet and confer with their clients as well as meeting close associates such as family members.
Kakoma emphasized that the current behavior of the Zambia Police is very strange as they are urging Mr. Hichilema’s lawyers to get permission from the Inspector General of Police at Force Headquarters.
“We are worried about the Police’s decision not to allow anyone to visit Mr. Hichilema at Lilayi today because we don’t know what they have now done to him” Kakoma said