WATCH : Zambian police clash with opposition supporters

2016-10-08 07:04
Zambia's opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema stands next to supporters at the Lusaka magistrate court. (Joseph Mwenda, AFP)

Zambia's opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema stands next to supporters at the Lusaka magistrate court. (Joseph Mwenda, AFP)

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Lusaka – A video showing Zambian police clashing with opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema's supporters has emerged on social media.

According to reports, the clashes came after the United Party for National Development (UPND) supporters were denied entry into the police premises where Hichilema and his vice president Geoffrey Mwamba had been detained. 

Watch the Video below 

Hichilema and Mwamba were arrested on Wednesday in the country's Copperbelt region, after they allegedly attempted to visit party members detained in various prisons.

They were both charged with "unlawful assembly" and "seditious practices".

The two, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges and were released on bail on Thursday after spending a night in custody. 

They were set to appear in court on October 19. 

If convicted they could face up to seven years in jail.

In the video, angry opposition supporters could be seen chanting, as the cops blocked them from entering the police premises. 

The police officers used batons and clubs to attack them.

According to reports, Hichilema posted on his Facebook page that the two had been denied food, water and blankets while in police cells. 

Hichilema, a wealthy businessman who has run five times for president, disputed the result of August poll which re-elected President Edgar Lungu.

He accused Lungu, the country's election commission and court judges of being guilty of fraud over the August 11 election, which Lungu won by barely 100 000 votes. 

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