Zambia’s Edgar Lungu wins re-election as rival cries foul
Authorities allege that Hichilema blocked Lungu’s motorcade with his own convoy of vehicles during a traditional ceremony in Zambia’s Western Province over the weekend.
They say Hichilema’s motorcade did not yield after presidential security guards signaled for it to get out of the way. The opposition party has denied any wrongdoing.
“He has not yet been formally charged. We are definitely challenging the police action.”
Police were not immediately available to confirm the charges.
“They broke the doors and teargassed the house,” Kakoma said.
“They left the home after picking him.”
Mwiimbu said Hichilema, a wealth businessman known as “HH” who has run for president five times, was unwell after the raid.
“He is not well because of the tear gas. His wife fainted three times last night because of the tear gas,” he said.
Treason is a non-bailable offence in Zambia, with a minimum jail term of 15 years and a maximum sentence of death.
“HH is still trying to challenge the result through the courts, but Edgar Lungu is president in theory and in practice,” he added.
“There is a lot of mistrust between the two sides.
Simutanyi said that under the treason charge, Hichilema “could be detained for some time, so this will suit the ruling party who want to silence the dialogue of the election result not being recognised”.
Following last August’s vote, Hichilema alleged polling irregularities and went to court, but judges rejected a petition to block Lungu’s inauguration.
Source: News agencies