Power and Politics

Police boss, Musamba, shuns ex-President Lungu, as PF faction threatens to camp at force headquarters


Inspector-General of Police, Graphael Musamba, on Monday afternoon refused to see former President Edgar Lungu who went to the Force Headquarters to seek answers on why his men had sealed off the Patriotic Front (PF) Secretariat.

On Monday morning, the Police turned away Lungu from accessing the secretariat where he was supposed to hold a media briefing with senior party members.

This move forced Lungu with his entourage to drive to the Force Headquarters to seek answers from Musamba as to why he had been denied entry together with other senior party members of the PF Secretariat.

He was made to wait outside the gate of Force Headquarters for a couple of hours before party Vice-president, Given Lubinda, together with the Legal Counsel, Makebi Zulu, emerged from Musamba’s office with an instruction that Lungu would see the police boss at 14:30 hours.

Lungu was later heard complaining over the treatment he, together with other senior party officials, were receiving at the hands of the Police.

“Here we were told by one Yuyo that we should go back to the secretariat and we would be called in the afternoon when the IG is free, then he changed his story and said we should go to Lusaka division for answers,” he said.

Lungu said since his group had no coercive powers, and were unable to extract answers from the police, it would seek divine intervention.

“So I do not know where to go to, police can not help me at this level we understand, we just need to seek divine interventions,” the former Head of State lamented.

On vacating the house where government had been paying rentals as part of his benefits, Lungu said he had already pack ed out after announcing his come back to active politics: “we have left, if they think they can blackmail me by giving me crumbs then they are lying”

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“Let me go and help my wife pack, I will seek my rights, and please to tell ba UPND that we have already left,” he said.

Meanwhile, Lubinda vowed that party members would camp at the Force Head quarters on Tuesday until Musamba gives them answers on the sealing off of their party secretariat.

He said the fact that himself, Zulu and party Secretary General Raphael Nakacinda can be allowed in showed that this was personal and directed at Lungu.

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