Secretary General Stephen Katuka
Secretary General Stephen Katuka
A gun scare may lie behind the arrest of UPND Secretary-General Stephen Katuka, who was apprehended as he attempted to visit HH at Lilayi Thursday.

Party spokesman Charles Kakoma confirmed that Mr. Katuka whose whereabouts are not known was arrested when he went to visit their leader Hakainde Hichilema

Mr. Kakoma said reasons for the arrest were only known by the police but that Mr. Katuka like any other citizen had gone to visit Mr. Hichilema in the company of his junior officers at Lilayi training college where HH is detained.

“I can confirm that Mr. Katuka has been arrested, and his whereabouts are well known to the police. Whether he was detained at Chilanga police as speculated or not we do not know, but the police are in a better position to give reasons why has been arrested.

“And they know better where they have taken him. He was in the company of other junior party officials who went to visit our leader Mr. Hichilema at Lilayi police,” he said.

He refuted allegations that Mr. Katuka was found with a gun saying if indeed that was the case it should still not have been an issue because Zambians were not prohibited from owning guns provided they were licenced to carry firearms.

“It is not an offence to own a gun as a Zambian as long as it is acquired professionally or constitutionally. Owning a gun could not be an issue, anyone can have it,” Mr. Kakoma said.

The police were apparently concerned that any harm befalling Mr. Hichilema who was in their custody would be attributed to them, “Anything untoward resulting from their internal party squabbles would easily be blamed on the police,” a source said.

They were also concerned by the manner Mr. Katuka conducted himself as they had prohibited visits.

Attempts to get the Inspector-General to confirm the arrest went unanswered and police spokeswoman Esther Katongo, promised to revert to the Daily Nation today. Calls to Mr. Katukas’ number went unanswered as the number was out of reach.

However, police sources alleged that a gun was found on Mr. Katuka thereby raising serious security concerns.

Meanwhile police have denied that Mr. Hichilema was poisoned as suggested by UPND lawyer Jack Mwimbu.

He told the Mast newspaper that Mr. Hichilema was unwell as he had been poisoned.

Police spokesperson Esther Katongo told the Daily Nation in an interview yesterday that it was not true that Mr. Hichilema was poisoned.

“It is not true that he was poisoned. Those are unfounded accusations just trying to incite their members and we are ready to take him for tests at the hospital to show that he is not poisoned,” Ms Katongo said.

And an opposition leader has charged that Mr Mwiimbu must stop alarming the nation that Mr Hichilema has been poisoned without proof or any medical report.

Speaking to the Daily Nation in an interview yesterday, 3rd Liberation Movement president Roosevelt Tonga said that Mr Mwiimbu’s allegation had caused alarm in the country but there was no evidence to that effect.

Mr Tonga said that the UPND lawyer should concentrate on researching the charges his client was facing and stop diverting to matters that had no proof.

“It is normal for someone to feel unwell after all that transpired and the environment he was in, but assuming that he was poisoned was not the right angle to take,” he said. He said Mr Mwiimbu must provide evidence because ‘‘poisoning was not a small issue to overlook’’.

He also said that passing statements and assumptions on Mr Hichilema’s health must stop until evidence was brought forth to show that the poisoning was true.

“Such statements can cause disputes and confusion in the country especially if UPND supporters decide to react,” he said.

Mr Tonga also said that security wings must investigate the allegation because it was serious. “The State must be very careful on who is bringing out statements that have no direction and alarming the situation in the country,” he said.

Mr Tonga said that the media should also stop publishing false information ‘‘all in the interest of making a name’’.

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55 COMMENTS

  1. Richard Sakala’s Daily Nation; what do you expect.
    But this regime is sending shivers down my spine.
    Have we ever been this scared since multi-partyism?
    Can’t remember!!

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    • I HAVE SAID ONCE AGAIN THAT THERE IS NOTHING KANGANJA TO LOOSE BECAUSE HE IS NOT A TRUE SON OF ZAMBIAN SOIL YOU PEOPLE. KANGANJA IS A KACHIMBUNDU AND IS FULL TIME AN ANGOLAN WHO FOUND HIMSELF THROUGH WHEN HE GOT ALL THE EDUCATION IN ZAMBIA AS A REFUGEE. ASK PEOPLE FROM NORTHWESTERN PROVINCE OR JUST GO AND GREET HIM IN CHIMBUNDU LANGUAGE SAYING “NDATI” , HE SHLL REPOND TO SAYING “CHIIWA”, THEN YOU SHALL CONCLUDE WHO HE IS.
      HE CAN DO ANYTHING BY COMMAND, ARREST OR TORTURE AND KILL HE SHALL DO IT

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    • The law is made for the lawless. However, if one is law abiding, they need not fear the law.

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    • @Grundig, Zambian law under Lungu is for people with divergent views. Why should Richard Sakala insinuate that Katuka has a dispute with HH and Katuka went there to sort out HH. And this Roosevelt Tonga (he must be an easterner as Tongas don’t name themselves after their tribe) is just another hired PF cadre. HH should not allow himself to be touched by PF doctors who will pain him. HH is at risk while being detained by PF. This is like Jesus in the hands of Jews during the Passover feast. It was deadly for Jesus 2017 year ago. It is deadly for HH today.

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    • “He also said that passing statements and assumptions on Mr Hichilema’s health must stop until evidence was brought forth to show that the poisoning was true”. There is EVIDENCE!

      HH WAS POISONED — BY TEARGAS IN HIS HOUSE!

      And if the police can poison him in that way what is stopping them from poisoning him in other ways also?

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    • Meanwhile, Benos Elias has initiated the online petition plan. Called on well meaning Zambians to join forces in appealing to the office of the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and his foreign affairs relations committee chair Senator Ed Royce to halt funding to Zambia.

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  2. I HAVE SAID ONCE AGAIN THAT THERE IS NOTHING KANGANJA TO LOOSE BECAUSE HE IS NOT A TRUE SON OF ZAMBIAN SOIL YOU PEOPLE. KANGANJA IS A KACHIMBUNDU AND IS FULL TIME AN ANGOLAN WHO FOUND HIMSELF THROUGH WHEN HE GOT ALL THE EDUCATION IN ZAMBIA AS A REFUGEE. AS PEOPLE FROM NORTHWESTERN PROVINCE OR JUST GO AND GREET HIM IN CHIMBUNDU LANGUAGE SAYING “NDATI” , HE SHLL REPOND TO SAYING “CHIIWA”, THEN YOU SHALL CONCLUDE WHO HE IS.
    HE CAN DO ANYTHING BY COMMAND, ARREST OR TORTURE AND KILL HE SHALL DO IT

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  3. Oh please do not give us that crap you dogs. Everyone knows that lungu is still very angry about been booed and made to look like the f00l he really is. So now he has directed police to not allow anyone to visit hh. What gun issue when kaiser zulu hades fired gun shots and assaulted members of public and yet police turn blind eye because he is lungu bltch. Why isn’t anyone from pf talking about the Amos recording? Can I hear from the pf dogs like ndanje and even that s0n of a bltch lungu himself I know he reads my comments here because tasila has been warning me about my imminent arrest that useless ugly khoi khoi looking rat

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  4. I HAVE SAID ONCE AGAIN THAT THERE IS NOTHING KANGANJA TO LOOSE BECAUSE HE IS NOT A TRUE SON OF ZAMBIAN SOIL YOU PEOPLE. KANGANJA IS A KACHIMBUNDU AND IS FULL TIME AN ANGOLAN WHO FOUND HIMSELF THROUGH WHEN HE GOT ALL THE EDUCATION IN ZAMBIA AS A REFUGEE. ASK PEOPLE FROM NORTHWESTERN PROVINCE OR JUST GO AND GREET HIM IN CHIMBUNDU LANGUAGE SAYING “NDATI” , HE SHLL REPOND TO SAYING “CHIIWA”, THEN YOU SHALL CONCLUDE WHO HE IS.
    HE CAN DO ANYTHING BY COMMAND, ARREST OR TORTURE AND KILL HE SHALL DO IT

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  5. Its become like a beauty contest who loves the leader the most. SG ought to have known that going to ‘visit’ armed was really stretching it . As for spokesman citing a law he ill understands he ought to know licensed to own a firearm doesn’t amount to being in possession of a firearm in public. As Jack as his sentiments this is an intention to have his commander not spend the weekend in cell but wont work a person who behaves like a criminal should be treated like one

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  6. WHERE ARE OUR CHIEFS PLEASE AND WHY HAVE YOU KEPT QUIET OVER THE BARBARIC ATTITUDE BY THESE PF GOVERNMENT? ARE YOU AFRAID THAT ECL WILL CUT OFF YOUR SALARIES? IF THIS IS WHAT YOU ARE AFRAID OF THEN DONT TALK BECAUSE YOU ARE NOW SELLING YOUR OWN CHILDREN BECAUSE OF MONEY.
    WHAT KIND OF PEACE ARE THEY TRYING TO POTRAY? IF I SAY I DONT OR I ACCEPT LUNGU AS MY PRESIDENT THAT SHOULD NOT BE A PROBLEM. WESTERN PROVINCE DENOUNCED THAT BY SAYING LUNGU IS NOT OUR PRESIDENT, WHY HAVE YOU NOT DROPPED THE VICE PRESIDENT WHOSE PEOPLE DO NOT SUPPORT LUNGU?

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  7. In a fully functioning economy where PF and lungu are doing their jobs of improving the lives of zambians no one would have time for HH and UPND , but lungu is clueless and only knows how to borrow and put money to build roads.

    Now he can’t borrow he is preoccupied with HH.

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  8. tock tick tock tick tock tock tick tock tick tock tock tick tock tick tock

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    • TIME IS RUNNING OUT. LUNGU IS NOT WISE BECAUSE HE IS SURROUNDED BY THICK HEADED DULL ADVISERS INSTEAD OF PROVING HIMSELF TO THE CITIZENS THAT EVEN IF I AM A THIEF BY STEALING SOMEONE’S VOTES, I CAN DEVELOP THE NATION BUT BUSY MISMANAGING THE RESOURCES IN WANTING TO SILENCE UPND AND HH IN PARTICULAR. LUNGU HAS LOST DIRECTION AND WILL NEVER DEVELOP IN HIS MIND AND PLEASE SOMEONE SHOULD HAVE SHOWN ME HIS HOUSE THE WAY IT LOOKED LIKE BEFORE HE BECAME A STOLEN PRESIDENT.

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  9. I am still pissed Lungu could sent thugs and criminals to teargas HH’s children and wife who have nothing to do with anything. Such actions should not be supported. All the police had to do is get a permit and go to HH’s in the daytime. Why go at night and even rob the man plus destory his property. Lungu’s actions will have consequences. The day he loses power the failure better ensure he has an escape plan

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  10. @Nez:where will those insults take you?cool down man.if ECL was booed in Mongu,that didnt make him lose the presidency as he will still be in state house until 2021.moreover any Zambian know that upnd is very popular in western(3.5 provinces).if you check where Edgar Lungu is today (Northern),he is addressing huge crowds because he is in PF stronghold(6.5 provinces).if Katuka went to visit a treason suspect HH with a gun,then ZP did well to arrest him!!!THEN ALARMING STATEMENTS FROM JACK MWIIMBU STATING THAT HH IS POISONED IN POLICE CELL ARE AIMED AT INCITING THE GENERAL PUBLIC TO PROTESTS.SHOCKINGLY FOR THEM,NOBODY IS INTERESTED!!let the children of hh,gbm,jack mwiimbu and of all senior upnd leader go protest so that even if ZP kill them,its ok than losing lives of innocent poor zambians…

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  11. But why did he go with a gun at security sensitive area? You’re just complicating matters.

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  12. Serves him right!! These upnd zombies think they are above the law. Just look at the disgusting comments from 1.5: Buck Teeth?? No amount of insults will intimidate anyone you tribalist skunk!! Infact Now people are seeing your true colours and will never vote for you.

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  13. When KK arrested FTJ people went on rampage destroying property. Many got killed (my wife’s cousin) among them. Chiluba became president and never even made reference to those who “sacrificed ” their lives for him. It’s not beneficial to anybody to fight for a politician whoever they may be.

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    • This is 2017 and we are beyond barbaric politics. This is why the upnd is fighting through legal means to rectify all the abhorrent and illegal actions of that illegal excuse of a government. You are just so hard headed and a sriffnecked f00l that you cannot accept the reality that pf are going against the constitution and people’s human rights in their attempt to legalise their illegal president. Wake up bruv

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    • @NEZ now you cry about Human Rights when you are the very people who voted against the Bill of Rights. What a party UPND is what you deny the people you want to use it just when it suits your UPND.

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  14. Iwe I know you’ve got a psychological problem and not accept logic if doesn’t come from HH. At least Katuka is braver than you keyboard politician.

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    • You cannot even support the actions of pf hence you have resorted to personal comments kiki ndanje you claim to be objective but you have failed to criticise pfs behaviour and crimes against humanity. It just shows that most of you are not objective supporters but just support based on relations, tribe and money favours. Have some integrity bra

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    • Nez I am not happy with what’s happening to HH and neither do I support what he did I Mongu. Unlike you who only hates, I always see humans in everyone. I don’t support PF on every issue.

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  15. War crimes in waiting at ICJ why Poison HH, why are the Police refusing people to visit him, do they have something to hide?

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    • Too bad, soon everyone will be behind bars, is this what we voted for? Had it been like this in mmd, the of wouldn’t have performed the way they did.HH is being made a hero, even our colonialists weren’t this brutal, cry our beloved country!!!

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  16. Ndanje, terrible, peace for zambia, when will kaiser zulu be arrested. His actions could have caused a stampede and his excellency could have been injured or worse.
    Do any of you have sn answer as you seem to know everything else.

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    • kikiki ati ask kanganja.. you mean ask lungu when he will succumb to public pressure to tell that dumb boy kanganja to effect an arrest? wake up boyi ndanje, because one way or the other we are all affected by the abuse of authority and human rights. You are setting a bad precedent for yourselves. I pity the future generations

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  17. 17.1 Are sure the colonial brutally was better? Ask your grandfather for historical facts. In fact if you compared Lungu to KK or FTJ, he’s by far a weakling.

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  18. UPND is full of Alarmist, I stopped following this party the Day HH showed his true colors by breaking the pact with PF when SATA could not let him be the president of the pact. Moreover, even Edger Lungu was UPND at one point in his life. Now his President and that is what makes HH not accept that fact that Edger Lungu is President. Hence his bitterness

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  19. Let every character agitating violence be arrested..Why would a person carry a gun when visiting the incarcerated? Is that not advocating for violence?

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  20. Let every character agitating violence be arrested..Why should a person carry a gun when visiting the incarcerated? Is that not advocating for violence?

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  21. Kanganja cane all these upnd bastards and let them lot in prison and throw away the key. UPND thinks their leader is the only one that can lead Zambia. No guys we the majority rejected him so let democracy take precedent here. U think since u hate Lungu everyone does too? Noooo you are wrong we still like him and given a chance to vote we will still wake up at dawn and vote him once more. I personally with my household and colleagues of mine gathered here in woodlands are agreeing never to vote for such kind of people like HH. Insult all you want that won’t change our stance! Its our democratic right to chose who we want.

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    • imwe nayimwe ba pf voter tekeni ubwamba panshi and just reminisce about the free drinks you got pre election time because now you are suffering and soon most of you will not even be able to afford simple salt.

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  22. i have been quiet for a while but for now let me say one or two things. is there a day when we shall see the social media talking about growing tomatoes, green paper, sweet potatoes and Zambians seriously arguing on which could be the best variety, arguing about the best market, arguing about the best fish pond design, arguing about the difference between rearing cattle and pigs. Not until we change our mind set, the politicians will continue to always waste our time, energy and irritate our minds to an extent where we fail feeding of children. These are busy irritating each other, irritating us at the same time are the owners of these news papers, social media houses, positions and all belongs to them. let those with ears hear.

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  23. There’s a time when KK was imprisoned, people like mama Julia Chikamoneka and others would go to the prison and insist that they too be locked up with KK. Not ba Nez just blogging and using a fake name.

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    • Ndanje the problem is that you are too stuck in the past. Why should people be locked up over silly charges that don’t amount to treason. Denied medical attention and visitation rights. Why should I reduce myself in my own country by begging to be locked out when we are meant to be independent and have effective and fair legal systems in place. In upnd we fight using the law of the land and not barbaric ways of pf. Ndanje please come back home it seems u left Zambia during the kaunda days. So stuck in past

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  24. Who would believe anything this ‘group’ says? Political parties demonstrate duty to the state and it’s people.

    I mean, off you go to request a visit with someone held under a treason charge, do you take a gun with you ….er…because the state allows it in normal circumstances. These are people on halucegenic (pardon sp. Magic Mushrooms) drugs.

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  25. @NEZ, as our reliable source of news, where is your Nevers Mumba? Hiding under the carpet? I thought that he volunteered to join hh in the cells? What about gay nkomboni, is he volunteering too or he is a coward?

    Oh of course, has GBM taken over as acting president of UPND yet? Since hh selected him as running mate we want to gauge how he would have fared as acting republican president had hh won and then something happened to him. Maybe he has a large brain after all?

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    • You seem very concerned about hh and upnd. Leave that to us. Why don’t you tell the Zambians how many imaginary jobs your illegal president has created? Why don’t you tell us what achievements you have so far economically socially and development wise? Why don’t you help us to understand why the cost of living has increased when you promised people more money in their pockets. Why don’t you tell us why Zambia now has a poor human rights record and lungu is scared to hear the petition. Do you see now how f00lish you and that excuse of a human being lungu are

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  26. This is how it should be put, Nez you are correct. Economic and social conditions afe at the heart of the problem in zambia.There was an expection of betterment and that hasnt occurred. The ruling party maintains one postion on the economy whereas on the ground pipo are suffering.
    We need change not statememt talking of “pledges” fir investment. We need action now not in 3,4, 5, years.
    How are we going to repay our loans when they are due.do we give our parastatals to the lender in payment as we did with znbc and say there you now for the next 25 years income is yours
    Terrible you must have twosides one you get psid for then the other that sees the reality of our country

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