Saturday, 10 June 2017

Detained Zambian opposition leader 'illegally' moved to maximum security jail

Hakainde Hichilema 

Zambia's opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema, who's in detention charged with treason for allegedly failing to give way to President Edgar Lungu's motorcade revealed Friday that he had been moved from a regular prison in Lusaka to a maximum security jail in a remote location.
Hichilema was arrested in April for the ridiculous offense stated above and has so far been held in detention for two months.
Which beggars the question: What on earth is the matter with African leaders and why do they take themselves so seriously? People like President Lungu are not just enemies of their people's progress, they're also bullies and the continent's worst enemies.
With so many developmental issues to address for the betterment of their people, they're riding around like demi-gods in motorcades and intimidating their political opponents under trumped-up charges. 
Even the Queen of England drives herself, for crying out loud! And other world leaders in the West commute by public transportation. So what's the big deal and what has treason got to do with a minor traffic misdemeanor if at all it occurred?
Imagine - on Thursday a magistrate ruled that Hichilema should actually face trial for treason in the High Court, dismissing an application by his lawyers to dismiss the case.
"We can confirm that we have been moved to Mukobeko Maximum Prison in Kabwe. We arrived a few minutes ago," he said in a Facebook post.
"We don't know what is happening but we are not bothered by processes," he added.

According to Hichilema's lawyer, Jack Mwiimbu, armed police officers at the Lusaka prison had earlier bundled Hichilema and five co-accused into a van and drove them to the city airport,

Mwiimbu described his transfer to Kabwe, about 150 kilometres north of Lusaka, as 'illegal'.

"There was a court order that they should be at Lusaka prison but they have gone against it. He was forcibly removed from Lusaka prison," Mwiimbu told reporters outside Lusaka Central Prison where Hichilema had been detained since April 11.

The treason case against Hakainde Hichilema, a wealthy self-made businessman who turned 55 last Sunday comes after he made a fifth unsuccessful bid for the presidency last year.

He has, however, refused to recognise Lungu as president and has challenged the narrow poll defeat in court.

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