The Socialist Party Youth League has demanded the immediate release of Party National Youth Chairperson, Gabriel Banda, who has been in detention since last week.
Police in Lusaka last week arrested Banda, and charged him with an offence of proposing violence and criminal trespass contrary to section 91 and 306 of the laws of Zambia.
Party Youth League Spokesperson, Stanely Muba’sa, is disappointed that the Zambia Police, an institution established to protect and defend citizen’s fundamental freedoms is in the forefront of violating human rights.
Muba’sa in as statement issued in Lusaka on Tuesday wondered why Banda was still in dentention when he was arrested on charges which are bondable and bailable.
He claimed that Banda’s detention was illegal, and alleged that the rule of law under the current administration was far-fetched.
“The conduct of Police on this matter is highly political, under the command of Graphel Musamba, Inspector General of Police, Zambia Police has been questionable,” Muba’sa said.
He alleged that Police intended to transport Banda to Dundumwezi in Southern Province, this week.
Muba’sa said Banda was initially detained at Chelstone Police station, later at night was allegedly illegally taken to Kanakantapa in chongwe.
“We wonder why Police want to take him to Southern Province when the alleged offence was committed in Lusaka,” he said.
Muba’sa said the party was further informed that the Police and University of Zambia management had hatched a plan to use some students as witnesses to implicate Banda as the engineer of the riot at the institution.
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