Lungu on a mission to silence critical press – HH

Lungu on a mission to silence critical press – HH

By Elly Musonda and Mwape Mbwelela

UPND president Hakainde Hichilema has described as barbaric the brutality of armed police officers against Oracle Media proprietor Mutinta Mazoka M’membe who was arrested from her Rhodespark home on Wednesday evening.

Speaking to journalists shortly after he visited incarcerated Mutinta, the wife to Post Newspapers Limited (In liquidation) Proprietor Dr Fred M’membe, at Lusaka’s Kabwata Police Station yesterday, Hichilema described the harassment and brutality the police officers exhibited against her as barbaric and unacceptable.

“The police acted in a brutal way, in a manner that was barbaric. They we standing and pushing her all the way and Mrs M’membe and the security guard Nawa were harassed all the way basically exercising undue force on them which caused them to have pains and injuries,” Hichilema complained.

“This is what we have been saying that the police is getting brutal by the day on instructions coming from Lungu and whoever else. This is the violation of people’s constitutional rights. If a person is accused, remember you are accused and not convicted and police must treat citizens in a humble and polite manner. This is the wife, they were looking for her husband Mr M’membe, so why harass the wife? Mr M’membe is not there and if they wanted to talk to the wife, they must be courteous.”

He called on Zambians to claim their rights which were being infringed under the PF government.

“This is absolutely unacceptable…whatever the matter is, it is simple! You don’t go heavy handed in that way. Under Lungu, all of a sudden, everyone is a political detainee. That’s why Zambians ought to claim their rights back because this fear is not going to take them anywhere,” said Hichilema.

Mutinta has been charged with alleged assault on a police officer and obstruction and was by press time still detained at Kabwata Police Station while the lawyers were making efforts to secure bond for her.