The opposition UPND has appealed to ask Scotland Yard of the United Kingdom to investigate the alleged poisoning of its leader Hakainde Hichilema who has been detained for close to a week.
In a statement released by party Spokesman Charles Kakoma, the party is requesting that Scotland Yard or any other reputable organisation to investigate the chemicals that were used to teargas Mr Hichilema’s bedroom.
Mr Kakoma said Mr Hichilema’s condition is deteriorating and must be investigated immediately.
Mr Hichilema who is held at Lilayi Police Training Camp on treason charges had earlier complained to his lawyer Jack Mwiimbu that he was unwell following his arrest.
But Police have been denying his visits from relatives, friends and supporters until on Saturday when his wife Mutinta in the company of a lawyer and a personal doctor managed to visit him.
Mr Kakoma said Mutinta said she found her husband in a worse condition than before.
“As UPND, we demand that Mr Hichilema should be subjected to rigorous medical tests and treatment by independent doctors who are free from government interference,” Mr Kakoma said.
“We also wish to request the international community and human rights organisations to intervene in this matter. In particular, we wish to ask Scotland Yard of the United Kingdom or any other reputable organisation to investigate the chemicals that were used to teargas Mr Hichilema’s bedroom,” he said.
He added, “The Zambian authorities should take this matter seriously. As a party, we would like to warn the patriotic front government that they will be held responsible for anything that will happen to Mr Hichilema while he is in their Police custody.”