The Africa Liberal Network (ALN) has condemned in the strongest possible terms the recent arrest of the Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema on charges of treason.
The Network says this is the latest development in the ruling party’s attempts to silence dissent and opposition.
ALN President Stevens Mokgalapa urged the Zambian government to respect due process, the rule of law, and to immediately cease all arbitrary arrests of its political opponents.
Mr Mokgalapa said It is unacceptable for the governing party in a constitutional democracy such as Zambia to allow for politically-motivated issues such as this to occur.
“As President of Africa’s largest political affiliation, I will encourage representatives and our member parties to submit questions to their respective national legislatures and other structures concerning this alarming matter. We will explore potential options to add pressure to President Lungu’s government and request satisfactory clarity,” he said.