Zambia charges opposition leader Hichilema with sedition

2016-10-06 20:47
Hakainde Hichilema. (File: AFP)

Hakainde Hichilema. (File: AFP)

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Lusaka - Police in Zambia have charged two opposition leaders, including a recent presidential candidate, with sedition.

Copperbelt Province Police Commissioner Charity Katanga on Thursday confirmed the charge against United Party for National Development leader Hakainde Hichilema, who lost the election to incumbent President Edgar Lungu.

Also charged is Hichilema's deputy, Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba. They were yet to appear in court.

The charge of sedition, which covers incitement to rebellion, carries a maximum seven-year prison sentence.

The men were arrested in Luanshya, about 500km from the capital, Lusaka.

They are accused of addressing a crowd last week without a police permit and reportedly urged people not to recognise Lungu's re-election.

Police used tear gas to disperse party supporters who protested the arrests and arrested more than 20 of them.

Read more on:    hakainde hichilema  |  edgar lungu  |  zambia  |  southern africa  |  zambia 2016 election

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