UPND president Hakainde Hichilema yesterday visited his vice-president for administration Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba who is detained at Lusaka Central Police Station and declared that the arrest of Mr Mwamba was political intimidation meant to paralyse mobilization activities of the opposition party.
And Mr Hichilema and his vice-president for political affairs Canisius Banda yesterday met Lusaka Diocese Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu to seek counseling and consult him on the current events taking place in the country.
Mr Hichilema said Zambians were engaged in two battles with the first being saving the country’s economy while the second was to save democracy which he claimed was under threat with the detention of Mr Mwamba.
Mr Mwamba was arrested for the second time in one week and is currently at Central Police after he was charged and an offence of proposing violence and threatening to kill President Edgar Lungu by going for his throat.
Mr Hichilema called on his party members and sympathysers across the country to turn out in large numbers on voting day because their vote was the only weapon that was going to liberate the country from the country’s economic challenges.
Mr Hichilema called for calm among the UPND and encouraged them to avoid in engaging in vices that were inimical to the principles of peace and holding of free and fair elections.
He said the UPND was happy that Mr Mwamba was in high spirit and that the lawyers were working hard to obtain bond so that he could be released from detention.
“We took time to visit our vice-president for administration Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba at Lusaka Central Police station where he is detained for conduct likely to cause breach of peace. We have no doubt that this is pure political intimidation and oppression meant to paralyse our countrywide party mobilization activities. We are however happy that Mr Mwamba is inn high spirit and has echoed the need to continue party mobilization activities across the country despite the challenging environment we are going through,” Mr Hichilema said.
On the meeting with Archbishop Mpundu, Mr Hichilema said he had a successful meeting with the Catholic priest from which he said many national issues were discussed.
Mr Hichilema said the Church was a critical partner especially in matters of national healing, maintenance of peace and unity in the country as the August general elections were drawing nearer.