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Tutwa fumes over Kambwili detention


LAWYER Tutwa Ngulube was left fuming over the conduct by the police to detain and subsequently transporting Patriotic Front (PF) presidential hopeful Chishimba Kambwili to Kasama for alleged tribal remarks which actually reflected the reality on the ground.

Mr Ngulube said the voting remarks were on record and could not be denied because strongholds voted in favour of their political identity.

Mr Ngulube however said it was unfortunate that his client was detained while police were trying to play the usual games where they arrest and transport members of the opposition at midnight to far-flung places where they did not even have relatives and abandon them there.

He said that his client was stating facts as the patterns had clearly indicated what Mr Kambwili was highlighting.

 He said this trend was an abuse of the law and an abuse of the court process and they were yet to see how professional the police would be in this case.

He said they appeared at police headquarters and were sent to Kabwata police station suggesting that a police bond would be issued from there.

 He said when they got to Kabwata police, they were told that the police bond could not be issued because the complaint was made in Kasama.

The detention comes barely a week after Mr. Kambwili predicted his arrest, a move which he believes emanated from instructions from State House.

And PF presidential hopeful Emmanuel Mwamba wondered why the police summoned and detained Mr. Kambwili shortly after he was appointed as a member of the party’s central committee when all this time before his appointment no attempts were being made.  

 Police in Lusaka arrested, warned and cautioned Mr. Kambwili on account of expressing or showing hatred, ridicule or contempt for persons because of race, tribe and place origin contrary to section 70 subsection 1 and 2 chapter 87 as Read with act number 2 of 2021 of the cyber security and cybercrimes of the laws of Zambia.

Police deputy public relations officer Danny Mwale said the incident occurred between May 2021 and August 2021 at Radio Mano in Kasama.

Mr. Mwale said Mr. Kambwili was in police custody and yet to be charged and chances were   that he could be transported to Kasama because the incident happened there.  “We are yet to be guided by investigators if Mr. Kambwili will be transferred to Kasama or not,” he said.

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