Opposition UPND Members of Parliament have demanded for the immediate release of their party leader Hakainde Hichilema.
Speaking during a news briefing, Kasempa Member of Parliament Brenda Tambatama who read the statement on behalf of UPND MPS said Mr Hichilema must be released immediately as the grounds for his continuous detention are baseless.
Ms Tambatamba said the MPs are concerned over what they called savage raiding of the residence of Mr. Hichilema.
Below is the full statement
UPND MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT DEMAND FOR THE RELEASE OF PRESIDENT HICHILEMA
As Members of Parliament, of the United Party for National Development, we are gravely concerned with the levels of abuse of our Party President Hakainde Hichilema by the Patriotic Front government and its agents during the process leading to his arrest and incarceration.
The behaviour and actions of the Patriotic Front government and its police are highly contemptuous to any civil mind.
SOME OF THESE ACTIONS ARE:
1. Savage raiding of the residence of Hakainde Hichilema, a law abiding citizen and his family, damage of property, the toxic gassing of innocent families in the residence and shamefully looting of property, food and money from the house.
2. Continuous refusal by the police and state agents to allow President Hichilema access medical doctors and services despite his deteriorating health condition.
3. Denying his lawyers access to their client.
4. Denying him regular visitations by his immediate family including his son.
5. Continuous victimisation of President Hichilema’s family, friends, party members and associates
In view of the above and many other acts of abuse, we do hereby demand as follows:
President Hichilema be:
1. Allowed to receive visitors during the period he is incarcerated
2. Allowed access to his doctors and medical services failure to which they shall be held responsible for his latest state of health.
3. Allowed access to his lawyers and legal representation
4. Released immediately as the grounds for his continuous detention are baseless and merely victimisation of a law abiding citizen.
Brenda Tambatamba MP