HH Condemns Arrest of Pastors
The UPND President Hakainde Hichilema has strongly condemned the arrest of a number of clergy and members of the Centre for Trade Policy and Development in Ndola last Friday, after they met to discuss the budget, debt crisis and corruption.
The UPND leader called their arrests brutal and unfair given they were simply members of civil society advocating for transparency and accountability when it comes to how donor and government resources are spent. The fact they were arrested is a clear indication of the PF’s continued oppression argued HH.
“Zambia does not need a regime such as the PF that has robbed citizens of their freedoms of association, assembly and expression. Clearly, due to their corruption, injustices and unprecedented debt crisis, the PF has shown that it will even start following citizens in their homes and arrest them for expressing themselves over things going wrong in our country”, He said.
“It is no longer guess work that the PF will arrest anyone opposing their corruption, debt crisis and bad governance but we call on the country to join hands and say no to such colonial way of running our country and as always, we appeal to our country’s men and women in uniform not to accept to be abused by the corrupt few in the PF”, Mr. Hichilema added.