Power and Politics

Police quizz, release opposition leaders, journalists for reportedly filming, conducting illegal interviews


Police in Kafue on Saturday briefly detained two members of the United Kwacha Alliance (UKA) and two journalists on suspicion of conducting interviews in an unauthorised area.

According to the police, the suspect were seen at Matanda ground where an unauthorised UKA rally was intended to take place.

In a statement issued in Lusaka on Saturday, Police Public Relations Officer, Rae Hamoonga, said that among those arrested were National Democratic Congress Party leader, Saboi Imboela, and Golden Party leader,, Jackson Silavwe, along with two journalists identified as Rodgers Meilimba from Millennium Television and Innocent Phiri from KB Television.

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Hamoonga said the suspects were observed filming and conducting interviews amongst themselves within the ground.

“Prompt action was taken by police officers who swiftly apprehended them,” Hamoonga stated.

He added that the four individuals were taken to Kafue Police Station for further interrogation and cautionary measures.

He said they were all later released without indicating what was discussed or what was concluded.

“We would like to remind the public of the importance of respecting lawful directives and regulations, particularly concerning public gatherings and events,” Hamoonga said.

The incident came after Zambia Police denied UKA permission to hold a public rally at Matanda Zambia compound grounds in Kafue on April 13, 2024, between 10:00 hours and 18:00 hours.

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