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Ex-President Lungu may face prosecution over his remarks saying, ‘people will rise’


The Zambia Police says the statement made by the former Head of State, Edgar Lungu, indicating that “People will rise,” is under careful scrutiny.

Police Spokesperson, Rae Hamoonga, said the implications of such a statement was being assessed, and appropriate legal actions may be taken.

Hamoonga was reacting to Lungu who on Tuesday, after his followers were teargassed and arrested at Kabwata Police Station, said ordinary people would rise if the Police continued with the harassment of Patriotic Front (PF) and opposition members.

He warned that a police station was a protected place by law and that any misconduct within its premises would not be tolerated.

“Today, the actions taken by Kabwata police were in accordance with the law,” Hamoonga stated.

He said Nakachinda was released after due process, while those unlawfully camping at Kabwata were rightfully arrested.

Hamoonga stated that the arrest of the Edgar Lungu-led PF Chairperson for Information and Publicity, Emmanuel Mwamba, and three others was executed lawfully.

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“The police managed to confiscate three drums used by an unruly crowd and these will serve as crucial evidence,” he stated.

Hamoonga warned that a police station was not a playground for disorderly conduct and individuals engaging in illegal activities within its confines were liable to be arrested.

He reiterated the importance of respecting the law and maintaining order, emphasizing that a police station was not a venue for disruptive behavior.

“The police are committed to upholding the law and ensuring the safety and security of all citizens,” Hamoonga emphasized.

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