Former Kabushi Member of Parliament, Bowman Lusambo, has been arrested by Police in Kabwe District of Central Province for unlawful assembly.
Lusambo, aged 47, of Chamba Valley in Lusaka, was jointly arrested and charged on Thursday with four other persons, according to Police Spokesperson, Rae Hamoonga
Hamoonga said this in a statement issued in Lusaka on Friday.
He identified others as Saidi Chibwana, aged 52, of industrial area in Kabwe, Matthews Changwe, aged 39, of Kasanda Mine area in Kabwe, Martin Simfukwe, aged 44, of Makululu Compound in Kabwe and Billy Sichamba, aged 52, of Bwacha in Kabwe.
“Lusambo and the four other were arrested and charged with the said offense as it is Contrary to Section 74 and 75 of the Penal Code Act Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia,” Hamoonga said.
He stated that the offense was alleged to have been committed on November 2, 2023 at Kabwe town center along the Great North Road in Kabwe District.
Hamoonga said all the suspects have been released on police bond and would appear in court soon.
“We are headed to Kabwe to answer questions from the Police Command in the area why we decided to stop and buy a pie at a restaurant in Kabwe town enroute to Lusaka,” reads Lusambo’s social media handle, Facebook.
He expressed shocked that stopping by a restaurant to buy a pie and greeting a few supporters in the process was a crime.
Lusambo narrated that on the material day, he was coming from Luanshya to attend a court hearing.
“We decided to stop by a restaurant in Kabwe Central Business District, as usual, wherever the Bulldozer goes, some people will come over for a handshake,” he said.
Lusambo recalled that what followed was a Police Call Out, and as a law abiding citizens, he went to Kabwe to hear what issue the Police had with his brief stop to buy a pie.
He warned the Police Inspector General, Graphael Musamba, that what he had today are temporal office powers, and he should not abuse them to harass opposition leaders.
“You will not stop us from meeting and greeting people we know. For us, Kabwe is our second home, we attended Mulungushi University, and we know most of the people who work around Kabwe CBD,” Lusambo vowed.
He insisted that harassment and intimidation would not work.
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