Editor's PickPower and Politics

Police reportedly halt political party presidents from attending church services on the Copperbelt


Armed Zambia Police Officers on Sunday stopped the United Kwacha Alliance (UKA) Presidents from attending various church services on the Copperbelt.

Ex-president, Edgar Lungu, and New Heritage Party (NHP) president, Chishala Kateka, were blocked from attending a designated church service where they had been initially invited but later managed to sneak into a catholic church.

Christian Democratic Party President, Dan Pule, and National Congress Party leader, Peter Chanda, were scheduled to worship at Christ the King Church in Kitwe but were completely turned away by Police Officers who escorted them out of Kitwe.

UKA Chairperson, Sakwiba Sikota, and Zambia Republican Party leader, Wright Musoma, managed to escape the Police dragnet and worshiped at Disciples Fellowship Ministries International (DFMI) in Ndola.

The duo were reported to have latter been trailed by both armed Police and alleged United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres.

Citizens First President, Harry Kalaba, was in Chingola at St Peters and Paul’s Parish when alleged armed UPND cadres surrounded the parish.

Kalaba was seen in a video on social media being whisked through the back, left his vehicles, and went to BIGOCA in Lulamba where the UPND cadres followed him again.

Read More: Party leader, Chanda, condemns alleged disruption of ex-President Lungu’s visit to Malaila by UPND youths

“In President Hakainde Hichilema’s regime, the Police have been summoning and arresting clergy critical of his government including disrupting meetings between priests and opposition political figures,” he said.

UKA Chairperson for Communications, Jackson Silavwe, stated that it was also worth noting that President Hichilema had never attended and officiated at the National Day of Prayer and Fasting with his UPND senior officials and members calling it a “useless” day when in the opposition.

“It is therefore, not surprising that the Zambia Police under President Hichilema’s government are showing the same gross contempt towards the clergy and churches who associate with critical voices,” he said.

Silavwe alleged that the heavy handedness by the Zambia Police of this magnitude towards clergy and the church had never been seen before in the history of Zambia.

He claimed President Hichilema had once again scored another ‘first’ under his administration.

WARNING! All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express permission from ZAMBIA MONITOR.

Under 17 qualify for Women’s World Cup after beating Morocco 3-1 on aggregate

Previous article

Special Report: Kitwe’s Chimwemwe residents resort to shallow wells as water scarcity reaches 10 months

Next article

You may also like


Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *