11 February 2019

Zambia: Opposition Leader Hakainde Hichilema Claims President Edgar Lungu Tried to Assassinate Him

Police say they will investigate the incident - but who will they investigate?

Zambia's police chief has vowed to investigate a violent political rally where opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema says police sent by President Edgar Lungu tried to assassinate him.

But it's not clear if they will focus on alleged police excesses or the "unruly crowd" of Hichilema supporters.

Hichilema says police fired live ammunition at the meeting which he was addressing on Friday, to try to kill him.

Officials of his party, the United Party for National Development (UPND), said on Sunday that they were still trying to assess the casualties from the shooting in the village of Sesheke in south-western Zambia.

They distributed video clips showing police driving through the area and apparently firing several bursts of rapid automatic gunfire as well as tear gas. The videos also show people fleeing or hiding behind vehicles. One shows a person with a bloody chest wound being treated.

But Zambian police have denied using live ammunition to disperse what they called "an unruly crowd" of UPND supporters and that no one had died. And Zambia's High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba claimed on Sunday...

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