By SIMON MUNTEMBA
UPND supporters should let Hakainde Hichilema face the law because he is not a sacred cow or above the law to be considered untouchable, says Economic and Equity Party (EEP) president Chilufya Tayali.
Mr Tayali yesterday accused Mr Hichilema of growing cold feet at the prospect of appearing before the police following a call out against him.
Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police, Kakoma Kanganja has directed the police to keep an eye on the UPND which is planning to stage an unlawful procession ahead of Mr Hichilema’s appearance for questioning.
And Mr Tayali who called Mr Hichilema the master guide in reference to him being inducted as the master guide by his church recently, said the law would soon catch up with him.
“He may delay it but the point is that HH will eventually have to appear before the police and ACC because the cases against him are overwhelming, otherwise I will take them straight before the magistrates. No one is above the law,” he said.
On Friday last week, UPND Copperbelt Province chairperson, Elisha Mutambo threatened to send thousands of members to accompany Mr Hichilema for questioning at service headquarters.
The follows a police summon to Mr Hichilema to appear at the Force headquarters for questioning.
Mr Tayali told the Daily Nation yesterday that just like any other Zambian, the UPND leader was not above the law.
He said it was absurd for the UPND to threaten that they would organise and send thousands of members from all the provinces to accompany Mr Hichilema on the day he would be appearing before the police in Lusaka.
Meanwhile, Mr Kanganja has directed all Commissioners of Police across the country to deploy police officers in strategic areas to monitor activities of UPND members and ensure their planned unlawful procession was thwarted.
This is contained in a statement issued by police spokesperson Esther Katongo.
“The Inspector General of Police, Mr Kakoma Kanganja has directed all Police Commissioners to deploy police officers to monitor activities of members of the opposition UPND,” Ms Katongo said.
Mr Kanganja has also directed all police officers to decisively deal with all those that would want to cause public disorder during the period.
According to UPND spokesperson, Charles Kakoma, Mr Hichilema was now scheduled to appear before the Police tomorrow.
Mr Kakoma said in a statement that Police have informed Mr Hichlema’s lawyers that he would be required at Police Force Headquarters at 10.00 hours.