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Arrest of clergymen CSO members for discussing debt an affront to democracy – HH

Filed under: Breaking News,Politics |

UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has condemned the arrest of members of the clergy and some from the Center for Trade Policy and Development in Ndola on Friday after they had gathered to discuss the national budget, the debt crisis and corruption.

The opposition leader has told the PF regime to stop abusing the police in hiding their corruption and debt crisis.

“This brutal arrest of pastors and the civil society organisation advocating for transparency and accountability on the part of how government and donor resources are spent is a clear indication of the PF’s continued oppression and dictatorship,” said Hichilema in a statement on Sunday.

He says 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. Is that what Zambians want?” he said.

Hichilema urged the church and civil society not to relent in holding corrupt leaders accountable.

“To the church, we say remain strong because history records show that you, together with all of us gave hope when our country was under siege by such elements.

And to the civil society organisations, as a party we would like to encourage you to place the interests of our country first and ensure those plundering both public and donor funding in this case the PF are held accountable.

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.

He appealed to the police not to accept to be abused by the corrupt few in the PF.

“We are aware that our men and women in uniform are the least respected by the PF but we will restore their dignity and improve their conditions of service when in government and this is why we call on them to think twice when asked to arrest pastors, civil society organisations members and citizens in general,” he said.


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