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Police detain party leader, Nawakwi, for allegedly engaging in seditious practices


The Zambia Police Service in Lusaka has recorded a warn and caution statement from Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) leader, Edith Nawakwi.

Police spokesperson, Rae Hamoonga, announced that Nawakwi had been detained on charges of seditious practices.

Hamoonga, in a statement issued in Lusaka on Tuesday, said the offence was contrary to Section 57, 1 (a) and (b) as read with Section 60 (b) and (e) of the Penal Code Act, Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.

“The offence of seditious practices is a serious matter as it involves actions intended to incite rebellion against the authority of the state,” Hamoonga said.

He assured that the police were committed to maintaining law and order and would take all necessary measures to address actions that threaten national security and public order.

Nawakwi is currently in police custody and would soon appear in court to face the charges brought against her.

“We urge the public to remain calm and refrain from making statements that could lead to unrest or speculation,” Hamoonga advised.

He added that the Zambia Police Service would continue to carry out its duties impartially and with integrity to ensure that justice was served.

Read More: Lawmaker, Zulu, and Civil Rights Activist, Changala, arrested for alleged hate speech, seditious practices

Zambia Monitor ealier, that Munir Zulu, the Lumezi Independent Lawmaker, and civil rights activist, Brebnar Changala, had been arrested and detained by police in Lusaka on charges of hate speech and seditious practices.

Zulu had been detained for an alleged offence of hate speech following an investigation into statements he made that were deemed to incite hatred and division among various groups in society.

“Hate speech is a serious offence that undermines national unity and peace and the Zambia Police Service remains committed to upholding the law and ensuring that such actions are addressed appropriately,” Hamoonga stated.

Additionally, Hamoonga said Changala had been detained for the alleged offence of seditious practices.

He stated that this followed evidence gathered indicating that Changala engaged in activities intended to incite rebellion against the authority of the state.

“Seditious practices posed a significant threat to national security and public order and the Zambia Police Service will take all necessary measures to prevent such actions and maintain stability in our nation,” Hamoonga said.

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