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PF lawmaker, Mabonga, arrested; fourth to be detained in two days for alleged seditious practices


Mfuwe Patriotic Front (PF) lawmaker, Maureen Mabonga, has been arrested and detained on charges of seditious practices.

This makes the fourth person to be arrested for the same charge.

Earlier, the Zambia Police had announced the arrest of
Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) leader, Edith Nawakwi, Munir Zulu, the Lumezi Independent Lawmaker and civil rights activist, Brebnar Changala,

Police Spokesperson, Rae Hamoonga, announced that Mabonga was taken into custody for expressing or showing ridicule or contempt for individuals based on their tribe or place of origin.

In a statement issued in Lusaka on Tuesday, Hamoonga detailed that the first offense was contrary to Section 57, 1 (b) as read with Section 60, 1 (e) of the Penal Code Act Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.

The second offense was identified as contrary to Section 70 of the same Act.

“These charges follow thorough investigations into actions and statements made by Mabonga that are deemed to incite rebellion against state authority,” Hamoonga stated.

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Additionally, Hamoonga mentioned that the statements promoted tribal discrimination and contempt, posing a threat to national unity and public order.

He stated that Mabonga was currently detained in police custody and would soon appear in court to face the charges brought against her.

“The Zambia Police Service remains committed to upholding the rule of law and ensuring that all individuals, regardless of their status, are held accountable for actions that undermine peace and unity in our nation,” Hamoonga assured.

He urged the public to remain calm and avoid making speculative statements that could heighten tensions.

“As the Zambia Police Service, we are dedicated to conducting our duties with fairness and integrity, ensuring that justice is served,” Hamoonga added.

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