EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Public Affairs Officer
April 13, 2017
United States Remains Concerned Over Heightened Political Tension
The U.S. Embassy remains concerned over heightened political tension in Zambia, specifically noting the April 10 police raid of opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema’s Lusaka residence and his subsequent arrest for treason.
Recent events underscore the need for peaceful dialogue between the opposition and ruling party on matters of national concern.
The U.S. government urges all actors to exercise restraint in addressing differences, to respect the rule of law and electoral proceedings, and to follow the due process Zambians expect from a country with a reputation for political pluralism and peaceful conflict resolution.