13 December 2012

Zambia: MMD Leader Nevers Booed

MMD president Nevers Mumba was yesterday booed when his entourage drove into Chisokone Market in Kitwe soon after being released from Kamfinsa State Prison.

The MMD leader was arrested on Monday and detained at Kitwe East Police Station on a charge of unlawful assembly, which he and seven other party officials denied before a Kitwe magistrate's court.

Dr Mumba, four of his members of Parliament (MPs) and three officials were remanded at Kamfinsa State Prison on Tuesday before meeting bail conditions.

Immediately after being released yesterday, the opposition leader, along with his co-accused, proceeded to Chisokone Market in the town centre where some traders and passersby booed them and raised clenched fists, the Patriotic Front (PF) symbol.

The MPs arrested with Dr Mumba were Howard Kunda for Muchinga, Masaiti's Michael Katambo, Lufwanyama MP Annie Chungu and James Chishiba for Kafulafuta Constituency.

Others are MMD deputy national secretary Chembe Nyangu, Copperbelt provincial women's chairperson Edith Mataka and Greenford Kalinda.

They appeared in court on Tuesday and bail was granted in the sum of K2 million each in their own recognisance.

At the market, Dr Mumba and other officials in six motor vehicles were booed by some youths who were waving the PF symbol.

As the motorcade passed through Independence Avenue and Zambia Way, pedestrians, vendors and motorists waved back the PF symbol as they booed the MMD officials.

The youth banged Dr Mumba's vehicle, forcing the entourage to rush out of the market as more people started shouting that the previous administration had failed them.

Earlier, after his release, Dr Mumba said he had come out of prison a determined person with the resolve to contribute to the democratic growth of the country.

He later held a Press briefing at Jubilee Lodge where he urged Government to address the mealie meal shortages in the country.

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