Zambia Reports (Lusaka)

22 August 2014

Zambia: Police Beat Youths Over Sata Comments

A joint team of Zambian police (paramilitary) and Zambia Army (Military) police today violently beat up a group of call boys in front of the Woodlands Shopping Mall bus stop for allegedly speculating about President Michael Sata's health.

The call boys were chatting among themselves, saying the president's absence from the public since may has sent a lot of alarms around the country that he was sick and dying. The call boys also complained that after campaigning for Michael Sata and the PF they have not got any fruits from their hard work on the campaigns.

One of the people who was waiting to board a bus at the bus station opposite Woodlands mall crossed over and reported the call boys to the police men at the mall, and shortly thereafter the police at woodlands mall contacted police from state house to get to the bus station urgently.

In less than 5 minutes, a group of more than 10 military police and 6 paramilitary offices came and were briefed about what happened, after which the more than 10 call boys were beaten badly and told never to talk about the president's health or absence from the public.

"Send this warning to your friends who are talking nonsense about the president, tiya yamba kumi ponona one by one," one police officer from state house said.

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