VETERAN politician Vernon Mwaanga was yesterday warned and cautioned after a three-hour interrogation by Lusaka police on alleged seditious practices pertaining to Section 67 of the Penal Code.
Mr Mwaanga, who was summoned at Lusaka Central Police, appeared for questioning at 09:00 hours accompanied by his wife Edna, five lawyers and former Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) national secretary Richard Kachingwe and UPND Kalomo Central Member of Parliament Request Muntanga and a group of supporters.
Among the lawyers that accompanied Mr Mwaanga were Messrs Keith Mweemba, Mwangala Zaloumis, Lillian Mushota and Claver Siyanondo.
The veteran politician said after interrogations that he had faith in the people of Zambia and he knew that they would preserve the peace and unity which his generation fought for.
He said a warn and caution statement was recorded and that he was then cleared to go home.
‘‘I just want to say thank you for coming; we have been here since 09:00 hours and a caution statement has been taken and we are done and now am going home,’’ Mr Mwaanga said.
He thanked the people that went to the police station to give him solidarity and added that as a freedom fighter he fought for people to have rights.
Mr Mwaanga said the love that the people had shown him was the love that the country needed and that everyone in the country should demonstrate love, peace and unity for each other.
‘‘This is the love that this country needs; we need to display a spirit of love, respect and unity for one another and as a former freedom fighter these are rights which I fought for. I fear that if we don’t inculcate this spirit of love we shall generate into a country where hatred will take over love, disrespect will replace respect and allow merchants of evil to become role models in our society,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, Kalomo Central Member of Parliament Request Muntanga accused Government of trying to intimidate Mr Mwaanga because they had allegedly begun the process of rigging the election.
He said Government had failed to explain why they had invited an Israeli company into the country.
‘‘The fact is that Government is failing to explain their invitation to the Israeli company in the,’’ Mr Muntanga said.
Mr Muntanga said one of the rights that the new Constitution conferred on citizens was the right of speech which must be observed.
And former MMD national secretary Major Kachingwe said Mr Mwaanga’s right to freedom of speech was being oppressed.
He added that Mr Mwaanga had the right to speak on any topic in the country and what he brought out was what he had observed over the years.
“VJ has the right to speak on any topic in the country. What he talked about is what has been observed over the years that people must be vigilant during the tallying time,’’ he said.