…may spend weekend in police cells at Central police
POLICE have arrested UPND vice-president for admininstration Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba for threatening violence against President Edgar Lungu.
Mr Mwamba is also said to have breached his bond conditions after being released from Woodlands Police by leaving Lusaka and going to the Copperbelt where he told party members to be violent if attacked by the PF cadres.
“Ngabaponona uwesu, naifwe kubaponona (when they beat one of us, we should also beat them), Mr Mwamba said.
This comes barely two days after being arrested for allegedly conducting unlawful drilling for UPND cadres at his Luanshya Road premises in Lusaka.
But UPND spokesperson Charles Kakoma has described the second arrest of Mr Mwamba as the worst form of political intimidation meant to cripple the campaign programme of the opposition political party. Mr Mwamba has also denied having funded President Lungu’s campaign stating that he had financed the Patriotic Front without which the Head of State would not have been State House.
The Zambia Police yesterday raided Mr Mwamba’s residence, only a week after raiding his property along Luanshya Road where 21 UPND cadres were arrested for unlawful drilling and from which an assortment of offensive weapons such as machetes were seized.
On Thursday, the Zambia Police broke into Mr Mwamba’s offices along Luanshya Road where a search was
conducted in his absence and that of his lawyers.
Police spokesperson Charity Munganga Chanda told journalists yesterday that Mr Mwamba had been arrested for proposing violence and or breaches of the law to assemblies contrary to Section 91 (1) a of the Penal Code.
Mrs Chanda said Mr Mwamba was arrested in connection with a statement he issued on Wednesday, soon after his release from Woodlands police cells that he was going to fight President Lungu and was going to go for his throat.
Mrs Chanda said Mr Mwamba had been arrested for proposing to cause the death of President Lungu when he addressed party members at the UPND secretariat on Wednesday, soon after he was released on bond from Woodlands Police station.
“Yes, we have arrested Mr Mwamba for proposing violence or breaches of the law to assemblies contrary to Section 91 (1) (a) and (b) of the Penal Code. This is in connection with the statement he made on 2nd March, 2016 proposing to cause the death of the Republican President Edgar Lungu by going for his throat. Mr Mwamba is currently in custody at Central Police,” Mrs Chanda said.
But UPND spokesperson Charles Kakoma said the arrest of Mr Mwamba, the second in no more than two days was political intimidation and harassment meant to cripple the campaigns of the opposition for the opposition political party.
Mr Kakoma said the UPND was going to suffer more arrests of its senior members as the country was going towards the August general elections because the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) had realized that it would not win the coming elections.
He said in an interview yesterday that the PF should realize that the MMD behaved in a similar manner towards the end of its reign where late president Michael Sata was arrested and tear gassed but Zambians were determined to vote for him and change Government.
Mr Kakoma said the arrest of Mr Mwamba yesterday was at the instigation of PF deputy spokesperson Frank Bwalya who had reported the UPND vice-president for administration to police for alleged threats on the life of President Lungu.
“Mr Mwamba has been arrested again, barely two days after he was arrested and detained at Woodlands Police station for tramped up charges of unlawful drilling. Today he has been arrested for proposing violence or breaches of the law to assemblies contrary to Section 91 (1) (a) and (b) of the Penal Code. I have never heard of such a charge.
The police have also laid a charge of proposing to cause the death of President Lungu but we are fully aware that theses arrests are politically instigated.
His arrest today (yesterday) was instigated by Frank Bwalya who reported to the police claiming Mr Mwamba had threatened to go for President Lungu’s throat,” Mr Kakoma said. Meanwhile, Mr Mwamba has appealed to the Lusaka High Court to declare the warrant authorising police to search his premises on Thursday as illegal and unreasonable because according to him, it had expired after the initial search conducted on Saturday last week.