Human rights activist Laura Miti, singer Pilato and three other demonstrators were released around 23 Hours on Friday night from police custody.
This was after the six were forcibly arrested after they staged a demonstration outside Parliament buildings over the controversial purchase of 42 fire trucks at a cost of US$42 million.
Laura and another female protestor Mika Mwambazi who were held at Garden Police Post were set free around 23 Hours without any charge.
The male protestors who included Pilato, Opposition PeP President Sean Tembo and Zambia Council for Social Development Executive Director Lewis Mwape who had been held at Emmasdale Police were also allowed to go around the same time.
Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo who had confirmed that Ms. Miti, opposition PeP leader Sean Tembo, singer Pilato, and other protesters were released on K2,000 police bond each.
This was after police charged the six with the offence of “disobeying lawful orders” contrary to clause 127 Cap 87 of the laws of Zambia.
The protesters are expected to appear in court on October 27, 2017.
PeP President Sean Tembo confirmed the release of the six demonstrators.
“This is to advise that we have been released from the unlawful detention by the Zambia Police Service following our lawful protest at Parliament this afternoon over the $42 million fire tender scandal. I will issue a comprehensive press statement tomorrow morning,” Mr Tembo.