The opposition UPND has charged that the decision to move its leader Hakainde Hichilema and his five co-accused to Mukobeko Maximum Prison is unconstitutional.
UPND Legal Affairs Chairman Jack Mwiimbu said the transfer of Mr Hichilema and his co-accused to Mukobeko is also contrary to the specific court order as to the accused persons right to visitation and access to legal representation as this right is severely hindered as the lawyers are all based in Lusaka.
Mr Mwiimbu said Mr Hichilema and his co-accused are merely accused persons and not prisoners.
Below is Mr Mwiimbu’s full statement
And the UPND leader has posted the following messages
Don’t sympathise with us-HH
Incarcerated UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has advised Zambians not to sympathise with him and his co-accused but for those children who are not in school.
In a statement posted on his Facebook page after he was forcibly moved to Mukobeko Maximum Prison, Mr Hichilema said Zambians should not sympathise with and the five co-accused but those relatives who are HIV positive but have relapsed because the Government cannot provide ARVs.
He said he does not know when they will be released or if at all they will be released, but that is not bothering them adding that all they know is that what they are fighting for is worth for them to die if that is what it means.
“Our spirits are intact, we might look weary from the physical point of view but be assured that our spirits are intact,” Mr Hichilema said.
THOUGHTS FROM MUKOBEKO Prison.. HH
Fellow citizens, we can confirm that we have been moved to Mukobeko Maximum Prison in Kabwe. We arrived a few minutes ago. We don’t know what is happening but we are not bothered by processes. We are only concerned about one thing; the freedom of this country.
Our spirits are intact, we might look weary from the physical point of view but be assured that our spirits are intact. Let not you who are out there sympathise with us, sympathise with those children who are not in school, the over six million Zambians who are poor and cannot afford a meal a day.
Sympathise with those relatives who are HIV positive but have relapsed because the Government cannot provide ARVs, those girls who are abandoning class because they cannot afford sanitary towels due to financial constraints while Government spends money on worthless pursuits, essentially chasing the wind. Those and many others are the people with whom we should sympathise.
We do not know when we are going to be released or if at all we will be released, but that is not bothering us, all we know is that what we are fighting for is worth for us to die if that is what it means. And we are not worried about death either, because there are a million others who will carry on with the fight for a proper democracy to work in Zambia.
No one, even the greatest oppressor has survived the wrath of God, where is Idi Amin, where is Mobutu Sese Seko, where is Pieter Botha, Kamuzu Banda, Augusto Pinochet, Hassne Habre, all these are examples of dictators and oppressors that thought they would never have an appointment with either death or the law. But as we say about education, death is an equaliser. The persecuting champions of today will be the people needing help from the paupers of today.
Colleagues, we habour no hatred for anyone, we habour no ill wishes, we are Christians, we pray for those that transgress us; that way we live in peace with ourselves and not carry hate which is itself a live coal that burns the one carrying it. This is our country and as long as we live we shall do what is right for the country and create a country that will serve its citizens and not a few despotic individuals.
In Luke 23:28 it is recorded that our lord Jesus Christ said this ‘But Jesus turned and said to them “daughters of Jerusalem, don’t weep for me, but weep for yourselves and your children.”’ This is what I leave with you today colleagues.
God Bless Zambia.