Zambia Police in Riot gear on Airport Road during the laying of the foundation stone by PResident Sata at the Kenneth Kaunda International airport

Police in riot gear have been deployed to Kafue to block UPND Leader Hakainde Hichilema from touring Soloboni Township in the district.

Mr Hichilema was on Monday advised not to go ahead with his planned visit to assess the extent of the current hunger situation in the area.

The opposition Leader who was recently blocked in Chawama from donating a Genset to Chawama Level one Hospital wanted to tour Kafue one of the 58 districts that has been hit by the current hunger crisis.

Mr Hichilema wanted to help offer a helping hand to the affected families.

Police officers have been spotted patrolling the streets of Kafue town ready to block the opposition leader if he attempts to defy their orders.

The UPND had notified the Police that their Leader Hakainde Hichilema would tour the township as part of the community engagement to assess the extent of the current hunger situation and possibly help the vulnerable groups in Kafue.

But in a response to the UPND, Kafue Police Station Inspector a Mr M. Mudimina advised them to put off the planned exercise to a later date.

He said that the Police are currently monitoring the security concerns involving the closure of the Council Secretary’s Office and the outcome of the just ended delimitation exercise which the Electoral Commission of Zambia conducted.

And Deputy Press Secretary to Mr Hichilema Brian Mwiinga has confirmed that the Police have blocked the UPND Leader from visiting Soloboni compound in Kafue which like many parts of the country have been hit by the current hunger situation.

Mr Mwiinga said heavily armed State Police have taken over the entire Kafue town thereby creating an un conducive environment for residents and even business.

He said Mr. Hichilema wanted to get hands on facts regarding the hunger situation and also donate bags of mealie meal to the residents of the area.

Mr Mwiinga said the UPND are still trying to make their way there and we will keep you informed.

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56 COMMENTS

  1. Do you know that Zambia gets millions of € from the German government to develop democracy? Is this blocking of opposition politicians democracy???? I wonder!

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    • Public Order Act (POA)……………………………….HH was asked to help revise the law but he refused even asked his MPs not to participate in changing the law!!!!!!! So no complaining the law is just visiting him………

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    • Lusaka Times you have become like Zambian watchdog now….fake news with downloaded Internet pictures….peddling lies and you know HH wants attention……HH wants to use every opportunity to get attention…whatever he is doing is out of attention seeking…if Kambwili gets locked up you see him running to be in front of the cameras

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    • UPND is desperate for attention….the pictures shown are not in Kafue….just look them up….and the fake news is from a UPND bandit….we dont have genuine and serious opposition in Zambia…just a bunch of Jokers and people will still vote for PF because the opposition is a joke…
      The pictures shown…one is Police along Airport road….very old picture and the other one is Police doing a riot drill

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    • Stop attention seeking bwana HH no one is harassing you….you just want to be in the news..Watchdog has pictures of police doing a routine morning parade….they do that every morning…and another picture of a police land Cruiser just driving……HH no direction

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    • Politics is about getting the attention of the masses and if indeed HH is managing to do that then it is good for him and the UPND. It even surprising that some people are getting surprised by the moves HH is making. Every political player seeks attention so he can have an audience to seen and heard. HH is simply doing what every right thinking politician does to reach the people. Besides the state is making HH even more visible by constantly following him and issuing unwarranted threats!

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    • You tw!ts talking about UPND seeking attention, do you understand what an opposition party is all about? Do you think the late Sata lined up to buy fuel coz he really did not have fuel in the car? Why are you reasoning like dumb children just coz it is HH involved when you know full well politics is about seeking attention?? Mulitupuba twashani? If he does not seek attention how will the electorate know him? HH actually loves that these cops are being sent to block him coz that gives him free publicity. The dullness of PF and its supporters is always a wonder to behold. You are true !mbeciles.

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    • @ 3, What do you expect when you have an ex CONman who defrauded a Widow out of her cash in Plot No1, & a semi literate Goon acting as Home affairs minister, when the thug was NOT even a competent illegal Forex dealer on the streets of Katondo?

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  2. Just because of HH, they will be no crime in the compound today.
    Police was never present in the compound up until HH wanted to visit the area.
    Good work President HH.

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    • Iwe read the article again. The police are in Kafue because they want to block HH
      Where have you read that they went to compound to patrol as routine?

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  3. There you have it you PF apologists. In real democracies and not in this Zambo-shamocracy, opposition leaders have a free hand to even influence policy change let alone visit any place within their own countries. Zambia has been back to one party dictatorship since 2011,which we repudiated in 1991. The colors are the same (green), the organization is also the same (central committee), the acronym reeks of the political sodomy akin to that which has been inflicted upon our neighbors to the south (PF as in ZANU-PF). Dear friends Zambia needs a third generation cataclysmic response to this dictatorship. A seismic response exceeding that of the 1991 annihilation of the PIG. All those who believe that PF is anything but a TOTAL dictatorship oiled by highly compromised police better commit…

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    • ….All those who believe that PF is anything but a TOTAL dictatorship oiled by highly compromised police better voluntarily commit themselves to mental asylum institutions. Case closed…

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  4. But why is he being blocked. He can travel where he wants in Zambia without being blocked. What is wrong with the Police? Dont they have other important issues to attend to???

    This is pure madness

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    • @ 3, What do you expect when you have an ex CONman who defrauded a Wid0w out of her cash in Plot No1, & a semi literate Go0n acting as Home affairs minister, when the thug was NOT even a competent illegal F0rex dealer on the streets of [email protected]?

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  5. Seems valid “………the Police are currently monitoring the security concerns involving the closure of the Council Secretary’s Office and the outcome of the just ended delimitation exercise which the Electoral Commission of Zambia conducted”

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  6. ZAMBIAN POLITICS WENT TO THE DOGS LONG AGO, BUT HAVE NOW REACHED THE GRAVEYARD OF POLITICS. EVERYTHING HAS BECOME PERSONAL. WHAT IS THAT THE PF GOVERNMENT IS AFRAID OF?? WHAT HAS THIS GUY HH DONE TO THEM???

    “THE GIULTY ARE AFRAID”

    JEAN KAPATA ALLOCATED HERSELF LAND IN A RESERVED FOREST AREA, BUT THE SAME WOMAN IS STILL MINISTER AND WAS IN THE ADVANCE TRAVEL PARTY TO THE USA, WAITING TO WELCOME BENA LUNGU. NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE ABOUT THE THUG. ABOUT MAMBILIMA THE SAME
    CANT ZAMBIANS READ BETWEEN THE LINES REALLY??? ZAMBIA AS A COUNTRY IS IN BIG TROUBLE BIG TIME, AND IF SOME THINK IT IS A JOKE, JUST WAIT AND SEE. I FEEL PITY FOR THE POLICE, BEING USED AS TOOLS, THIS SHOWS LUCK OF RESPECT TO THE MEN IN UNIFORM
    WHAT A TRAGEDY, YABA. THE PRESIDENT IS NOT SERIOUS DEFINATELY BECAUSE HE…

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  7. CONT….

    WHAT A TRAGEDY, YABA. THE PRESIDENT IS NOT SERIOUS DEFINATELY BECAUSE HE KNOWS HE HAS MESSED UP BIG TIME BY ALLOWING NONSENSE

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  8. A failed state starts little by little gagging divergent views, closing out opposition and brutalizing those without authority/power.

    I have not seen such in MMD

    Others cannot speak out except them.
    Mealie meal prices high, electricity tarrifs on the hike, fuel prices increased, shortly all commodities will follow suit. Police is now tool for revenge.

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  9. DORA SILI** talk on this you said there is democrasy and opposition is free to go anywhere. you have failed declair hunger hh wants to donate you block him. it is not making sense. bill 10 people said no but you still want to go forward. CK was saying “MWAFUMA KWISA” GOD where did these people come from? You are blocking your next PRESIDENT. Wina azalila very soon so.

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  10. TODAY ATI THERE IS NO HUNGER IN ZAMBIA THE FOLLOWING DAY THE SAME PERSON IS PHOTOGRAFT HANDING A BAG OF MAIZE MEAL TO A WOMAN IN THE SAME AREA WHERE THERE WAS NO HUNGER. I DONT REALLY KNOW WHAT TO MAKE OF THIS

    IF THE PF HAVE FAILED LET THEM STEP DOWN AND PAVE WAY FOR OTHERS. IT IS WISE TO ADMIT A FAILURE WHEN YOU KNOW YOU HAVE FAILED THAN KEEP ON TRYING FULLY KNOWING YOU WONT MANAGE. AS SIMPLE AS THAT TO ME THIS IS SIMPLE LOGIC

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  11. ZAMBIA IS NOW A POLICE STATE, A VISION OF ANIMAL FARM, FOR GODS SAKE TAKWABA. I NEVER IMAGIINED THIS COULD HAPPEN

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    • Fake news.

      No hunger in Zambia. Only selected villages in SP, WP and EP due to drought.

      And Govt is arresting the situation. On top of things and mitigating the effect of drought.
      Sober up and Relax.

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  12. UPND was advised that if any political party ,NGO ,Pressure group etc want to donate or lender help to any affected area (in terms of relief food)the law stipulates that DMMU should be involved to organize and work together.On this fact all organizations use this channel to help the needy unfortunately that HH want to turn the issue to dirty politics.
    If HH want he can use his area MPs and himself to inform the people in needy that it’s UPND that have donated rather than breaking the law deliberately to something that he well knows.HH involve DMMU simple simple.

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    • Can you inform us under what provisions of the LAWS OF ZAMBIA BY QUOTING THE CHAPTER for example under the provisions of CAP707, 405 or whatever law you are referring to????
      Thanks

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    • UPNDEAD quacks don’t actually get it. They are so inept and stone headed. They can’t stop quacking.

      Quack, quack, quack, yap, yap, yap all the damn time.
      Parade the tuma UPNDEAD MPs and Councillors to work with the Government of the day’s office of the DMMU, damn it. This is not so hard to grasp.

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    • Does Pf use DMMU when it donates during political campaigns? This looks to me to be bad politics for the PF. If there is any question the PF should be asking HH, it is this: Let us assume you get into state house, are people not going to assume with your donations that you will be giving them free mealie meal? How are you going to help people become self-reliant and less dependent with these donations?

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  13. Freedom of movement killed! This is a government that has killed almost everything in the country including the economy. Shame!

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  14. Mealie meal, the staple is very expensive and then someone wants to help he’s being stopped. Their cadres are busy smuggling mealie meal on the copperbelt into DRC and are not being stopped. This is the most cruel regime in living memory this country has ever had! People are surviving on livestock feed and wild fruits in some areas but they are stopping someone from helping?……………..and the same government says they cannot do everything, so let others fill those gaps regardless of who they are

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  15. The foolishness of the PF, they refuse to accept donations from a well meaning HH but will accept donations from foreigners who have a hidden agenda

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  16. I now believe that HH is an attention seeker indeed.So now hunger in some parts of Zambia is a political tool for Kainde?We have DMMU so if HH is geniune about this gesture,let him give those few bags of mealie meal to a Govnt agency(DMMU) which has a mandate to distribute donated items or goods to Zambians who are in need.Only a f0ol would take HH serious on this score because this is the same Kainde who blame those who make political donations to voters saying that is pure political corruption.
    Well done ZP and please block that fo0l from causing chaos in Kafue or Zambia.HH wants the currect public order Act to remain unchanged,so let Kainde dance to his tune!!Go and donate to Pemba residents!!When ECL called us to pray for rains,UPND mocked Zambians,now those are the results because…

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  17. When PF was in opposition they were not treated this badly. When RB was in power he allowed UPND and PF to loiter and wawasha as much as they wanted. Now these guys take over and they are slowly squeezing the sphincter like an as.shole that has no idea when the stomach will next eat so doesn’t want to loosen up. Enough said…

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  18. Hehehehe

    Faka presha HH ,

    while lungu is trying to look democratic and begging manee ku UN , this is good tactics ……..

    show the pipo ku UN ati ni ka kawalala ka mugabe wanabe ka lungu….

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  19. HH’ s team should release a program to donate mielie meal to six townships in Lusaka on the same day and same time! Lets see what the useless IG will do.

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  20. My dog SHARON with a THORN IN THE BACKSIDE showing utter ignorance and stupidity!! Hunger is not something you can joke about you hypocrites! HH is simply doing what you so called christian country PF should have been doing for all Zambians irrespective of tribe, creed, sexual orientation, race or religion. Your so called leader would rather beg from UN etc than see his own fellow Zambian show compassion. HH is a Zambian and he has every right to visit any part of Zambia to help out without being intimidated with riot police. My God what planet are you coming from? Is this the Zambia you want people in the diaspora to invest their money into? Not mine!! You are too backward!!

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    • @Enlightened….

      Can you imagine if one of these PF GOONS was to buy a truck load of mealie meal and distribute in the same township of Soloboni. Would these police officers have surrounded Kafue?

      They indicate that their excuse was, there is no manpower because they are still monitoring the aftermath of DELIMITATION PROCES, which ended a long time ago, without any fiasco. But ALAS, there is manpower today to police HH and deny the hungry residents a blessing of a meal today…

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  21. Every time the cat is away such stories are published. Shame. What’s going on in the head of the attention seeker. I’m tired of same fake news. Change the strategy namuku la naimwe.

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  22. Really? Some bloggers here can reduce this serious matter to ‘attention seeking’? Simple minds or genuine ignorance? Is it a wonder that we are where we are? It’s the likes of such bloggers who respond in this manner of accepting the status quo, that pepetuates injustice and props up dictators.

    The Public Order Act refers to the police merely being informed – and they were informed. This is not even a rally. HH is a citizen like anyone else and should be allowed to visit parts of the country. Once again the compromised police are carrying out their masters bidding.

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    • Any sensible man can notice what happens when the cat is away. Unless you are dull you can’t sense the oval headed’s strategy. He is seeking attention. Why do you follow him blindly. When the cat was away he was blocked in Chongwe. When the cat was away he was blocked from donating a genset in Chawama. Now that the cat is away he is being blocked from visiting Kafue. Can’t you see? This is the time when he needs to get busy feeding his people who are now eating animal feed. Mulekwata amano naimwe.

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  23. Kikikikiki … is this because Hakainde Hichilema is giving hunger stricken families a 25kgs of Mealie while President Edgar Lungu is giving out a 12kgs per family?
    It’s the Emperor’s Clothes!
    I am sure people would want to donate quietly but because of these Police permit requirements, it all becomes political to even help your neighbor! What a confusing multi-religious nation!

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  24. this is an excellent and wonderful campaign for upnd from pfools by telling the people that they have failed but would not accept to be beaten pants down before elections lest people will call for an early election.and its difficult to accept failure for fear of being arrested by the masses after messing up everything and stealing.

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  25. This is a failed state of affairs. When I donated clothings to UTH no one blocked me but the government encouraged me that I must give more and ask other well wishers to come on board to do the compassionate humanitarian because the government of the day can not meat all what it takes. Just because there is HH give out some donated food staff, Zambia deploys more than 1000 police soldiers to come and hit the dust even when he is in his home.
    So HH is a threat to PF and this a true picture. PF kuyokobebele, Kukafue Kuyoku bebele, Kwa misis kuyoku bebele

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  26. @[email protected]@.. [email protected] in the fresh and many more..
    Some people on this blog talk too much nonsense,I think we should stop giving likes or dislikes to un sensible comments. if you know nothing research before you show your ignorance on the blog…politics is all about selling yourself out to the public by taking advantage of situation that affect the people of your country…our friends in some countries show there leadership on the media through debates but here it’s through insults and finger pointing…

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  27. flag Enlightened

    My dog SHARON with a THORN IN THE BACKSIDE showing utter ignorance and stupidity.BRAVO. TEACH THEM MANNERS THESE FOOLS CZ THEY TALK RUBBISH ON THERE PAGES. I WISH LT WOULD BLOCK SUCH CHAPS

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  28. These are the last licks of a dying horse!! PF are certainly on their way out. Can you imagine the number of families who could have benefitted from hh’s generosity and the pf using state machinery denied them assistance freely given?????

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