Power and Politics

New Heritage Party leader, Kateka, condemns arrest of Esther, wife of ex-President Lungu


New Heritage Party leader, Chishala Kateka, says the arrest of former First Lady, Esther Lungu, and some opposition leaders was denting the country’s image in the international community.

Police in Lusaka on Wednesday arrested and formally charged the former First Lady, with four others, on three counts of theft of motor vehicles.

Kateka told Zambia Monitor that President Hakainde Hichilema was insecure about his presidency and had embarked on campaign to instill fear in the opposition by slamming charges on them.

She alleged that Hichilema was not thinking beyond his hatred for people who he treated as enemies and their families like the case of former president Edgar Lungu.

“With regards to the arrest of the former First Lady, as New Heritage Party, we are very saddened by this development, everyone who knows this case knows that she did not steal the motor vehicles but actually had given someone money who used to buy the vehicles,” Kateka said.

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She said the fact that the police have gone to slam the former First Lady with a charge of theft of motor vehicle showed that there was some mischief being played out in the case.

Kateka had questioned why the police decided to arrest the former First Lady when they had the facts at hand which indicate that the lady in question was given money to keep but decided to use it.

“I think that we are not thinking beyond our hatred for one another, so we can do anything just to get to someone that we feel we should hurt, so you go through their wife,” she claimed.

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