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I was brutalised – Tayali


I WAS badly beaten and tortured by one of the most senior officers at Force (Service) Headquarters in Room 45 who believes he is invisible and I could never identify him, Economic and Equity Party president Chilufya Tayali has said.

Mr Tayali said he was beaten mercilessly by a named senior officer who allegedly also incited his junior officers to join him in the assault.

He however said only a few succumbed to his illegal order to assault him.

Mr Tayali said the officer was incensed after he did not respond to him, which made him unleash a barrage of slaps.

“In this operation, to forcibly arrest me, he was fully in-charge as Director of Criminal Investigations Department. I am actually worried that, some of those junior officers will be punished for not joining him in the brutal party,” he said.

He said after beating him up, he was made to lie flat in a Toyota Hilux which they used to pick him from his home.

“I could not tell where they were taking me, but I thought I was going to one of the secret locations I have heard like in the case of Shabby Chilekwa where they torture people.

I was distressed, helpless and alone as my lawyers were chased. I felt vulnerable in the thick of the night as the van drove around not knowing where I was or going and my fate,” Mr Tayali said.      

Mr Tayali has said he would not be cowed.


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