POLICE in Lusaka have apprehended a Patriotic Front cadre Charles Kakula aged 24 of Kamwala South in connection with a video circulating on social media platforms depicting him and two others hounding a civil servant from office.
In a statement issued by police deputy spokesperson, Danny Mwale, says preliminary investigations revealed that the incident occurred on April 13, 2021 between 11 and 12 hours at Ministry of Works and Supply offices in Lusaka.
He said the suspect is in police custody and investigations have continued in the matter.
“Police have apprehended Kakula aged 24 of Kamwala South in Lusaka in connection with a video circulating on social media platforms depicting purported Patriotic Front cadres hounding out from office a civil servant on political grounds,” he said.
Kakula is alleged to have harassed a female civil servant accusing her of belonging to the opposition United Party for National Development.
Police detain Chilufya Tayali
POLICE in Lusaka have arrested Economic and Equity Party President, Chilufya Tayali for the offence of Defamation of the President.
Police spokesperson Esther Katongo said Mr Tayali’s follows a video which went viral on social media in which he made derogatory remarks against President Edgar Lungu.
“He is detained in police custody for the subject offence,” she said.
And after his arrest, Mr. Tayali wrote on his Facebook page that police apprehended him because of his ‘few’ criticism against the Head of State.
“Just because of a few criticisms on President Lungu, they have arrested me. I guess they don’t want me on the ballot,” reads his post.
What happened at the PF secretariat on Saturday should be the last test for Inspector General of Police, President Lungu says
PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says the violence that happened at the Patriotic Front Secretariat on Saturday where some journalists were injured is the last test for Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja.
President Lungu says harassment of the media is criminal and anyone perpetuating the vice should be arrested.
He says times have changed where the media was being viewed as an enemy of the state and should now be viewed as key partners in development.
Addressing this year’s World Press Freedom Day under the theme “Information as a Public Good,” the Head of State reiterated his Government’s commitment towards Press Freedom and urged the media to remain truthful as the country heads towards the August polls.
And the President who acknowledged the challenges that the media has faced with the advent of social media said professional journalists have the responsibility of upholding the ethics of journalism.
And Chairperson of Technical Working Group of the Media Liaison Committee Ernest Chanda bemoaned the hostile conditions that the media has suffered under the PF regime.
Meanwhile, UNESCO Country Secretary-General Dr. Charles Ndakala expressed concern that journalists have continued to be killed for merely doing their works.
And US Embassy, Charge De Affairs David Young says the government should ensure that Journalists are protected before, during, and after the 12th August general elections this year.
Mr.Young has noted with sadness that Journalists continue to be attacked by political cadres despite several assurances from the government that they will be protected.
PF cadres seriously injure a police officer as they fought amongst themselves today
A POLICE officer is nursing serious injuries on his jaw during a clash of two Patriotic Front rival groupings this morning.
The incident happened before former National Democratic Congress party president announced his return to the PF at the secretariat.
Police spokesperson Esther Katongo said in a statement that the officer has been injured while a Police motor vehicle has also been smashed.
Mrs Katongo said the incident occurred when police officers responded to a report that some PF carders had descended on Innocent Kalimanshi who had gone to the secretariat where the party had a political activity.
She said police who rushed to the scene had their motor vehicle smashed in the process of whisking Kalimanshi away as the carders begun throwing stones at the Police Vehicle and one officer was injured on the jaw.
Mrs Katongo said cadres later damaged Kalimanshi’s motor vehicle.
She said police have instituted investigations in the matter with the aim of bringing perpetrators of the violence to book.
Mrs Katongo said police will not condone any form of violence hence anyone that will be found to have participated in today’s violence shall be dealt with in accordance with the law.
“We wish to reiterate our usual call for all political parties to ensure that they hold their political activities peacefully. In instances where some people maybe aggrieved for whatever reason , abrogation of the law should never be an option as it is criminal.
All those that took part in the violence should begin counting their days,” she said.