18 January 2013

Zambia: UPND Regrets Assault On Police Officer

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Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema, president of the United Party for National Development (UPND).

The opposition UPND has regretted the violence that characterised Woodlands Police Station when party president Hakainde Hichilema was arrested for alleged defamation of President Michael Sata yesterday.

UPND deputy spokesperson Cornelius Mweetwa said the UPND does not condone any form of violence and distanced the party from the assault on Zambia Police constable Adam Banda.

Mweetwa said the person who allegedly assaulted the police was not a member of the UPND.

He said the perpetrator took advantage of what happened at the police station to try and turnish the image of the part.

"We have written to the IG [Stella Libongani] to clarify on the occassion of the officer being stoned. As a party we respect the rule of law and condemn such violence by any person against our men and women in uniform," Mweetwa said.

He said at no time has the UPND supported any form of violence on anyone, including police officers.

Meanwhile, the Zambian government has banned the escort of political figures to police stations when summoned.

Home affairs minister Edgar Lungu announced the ban following the violence at Woodlands Police in Lusaka yesterday.

In a statement, Lungu described the behaviour of alleged UPND cadres as thuggery and ordered the police to investigate the incident and bring those behind the violence to book. He said the assault of an officer was regrettable and made sad reading.

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