UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has condemned police raid at the party’s office late Friday afternoon.
Mr Hichilema who is away in South Africa to attend the award presentation ceremony where he was being conferred with the African Freedom Award said he is deeply shocked by the raid.
Heavily armed police on Friday raided the UPND offices and conducted a search that yielded nothing.
Mr Hichilema has since described the raid as an example of needless intimidation.
“We have learnt with a deep shock and regret that heavily armed police searched our Secretariat while we were being conferred with an African Freedom Award in South Africa. They had a search warrant signed by a magistrate to look for weapons. Their search was futile. It was another example of needless intimidation and a complete waste of public resources,” Mr Hichilema said.
He added, “This was nothing but another perfect example of the abuse of public institutions by our colleagues in the PF. We do not need any guns to fight injustices because our weapon is God who gives us life, our guns and weapons lie in the strength to be honest, do just to others and stand up for our freedoms and democracy.”
“Ours is to work round the clock and ensure our country has good education system, a quality healthcare delivery system, good governance and rule of law, and basically if you like, our minds are preoccupied with working for our country’s good.
And heavily armed police who raided the UPND secretariat on Friday searching for concealed weapons and stolen goods found nothing after many hours of searching.
UPND spokesperson Charles Kakoma confirmed that police did not find anything after conducting their search in the presence of party lawyers.
The operation began around 16:30 and went on for about three hours.
According to a search warrant signed by a Lusaka Magistrate, police had information that offensive weapons have been concealed in the UPND secretariat.
Mr Kakoma said police did not find anything after conducting their search in the presence of party lawyers.
“The raid is over, they have gone back to their base. When they came they didn’t say what they were looking for, they only found our guards who refused them entry to search until our lawyers were informed and two of them came to witness the search. They searched in all the rooms and all over the premises looking for offensive weapons but they drew a blank,” Mr Kakoma said.
“After that they left but we hear that apart from raiding our offices, they also intend to raid houses of some senior members of the party and they will do that up to Tuesday we understand,” he said.