Socialist Party leader, Fred M’membe has been arrested and charged with the offence of espionage, Police officials say.
Police on Thursday morning summoned M’membe to appear at Ibex Police Station in Lusaka and was later arrested, charged with the offence of espionage, according to Police Spokesperson, Rae Hamoonga.
Hamoonga in a statement issued in Lusaka on Thursday said Police had recorded a warn and caution statement from M’membe, aged 64, of house number 7354 Nangwenya road in Lusaka.
He said M’membe committed an offence which was contrary to Section 3 (c) of the State Security Act Chapter 111 of the Laws of Zambia.
“Brief facts of the matter are that the accused jointly and whilst acting with others between August 26,2023 to September 16,2023 in the Lusaka district of the Republic of Zambia did feature in a documentary titled “The Grand Regional Scheme: Its Foreign powers and Local elites are destroying Africa Part One,” Hamoonga stated.
He stressed that M’membe without lawful authority communicated or passed on information intended to be directly or indirectly useful to a foreign power, which information was prejudicial to the safety or interest of Zambia.
“The accused has been remanded in police custody at Westwood Police Station,” Hamoonga said.
Meanwhile, Socialist Party Secretary-General, Cosmas Musumali, said the arrest of M’membe was intended to shut down critical voices against a failed government.
Addressing Journalists after the arrest of Mmembe at Ibex Hill Police Station on Thursday morning, Musumali stated that the current government was failing to arrest hunger and mass discontent and the police was a mere tool, willing or unwilling.
He noted that the Police were not the key actors in what he described as a mass deceitful drama.
“The script and drama are also an incredible abuse of human rights. A brutal attack on democracy. They are exposing the rot and decay of this puppet government,” Musumali said.
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