POLICE ARREST KAMBWILI’S FAMILY, BLOCKS HICHILEMA FROM ENTERING COURT PREMISES
LUSAKA – UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema was on Tuesday morning barred from entering the Lusaka Magistrate Court but after a protracted argument with the police, a permission was granted.
The police who kept on tossing the UPND leader and his team which included Roan NDC lawmaker Joseph Chishala, UPND mobilisation chairperson Sylvia Masebo and RPP leader James Lukuku said they were working on superior instructions by denying the UPND leader entrance permission.
Hichilema who insisted on being allowed entry said it is unfortunate that the dictatorial tendencies by the PF were now being extended to Court areas which are supposed to be free to any citizen as they were a beacon of justice.
This is in the case where NDC President Chishimba Kambwili is appearing for his bail pending appeal hearing before Magistrate David Simusamba.
“I found vehicles entering here but the moment I reach here, that constable woman there is heard barking instructions not to allow me in and lock the gate. What manner of lawlessness is this,” he asked.
“I was detained here at Chimbokaila and I was using this gate all the time. What has changed now that there should be restrictions.
The UPND leader who spent more than 30 minutes at the court gate was only allowed inside the court premises after the police realized that President Hichilema was defiant.
Meanwhile, the police have arrested and detained Kambwili’s wife Caroline and daughter Chanda at Kabwata police station after they insisted to enter the court premises.
They have been charged with conduct likely to cause the breach of the peace.
Kambwili is expected to appear in court after 10:30hrs.