LAWYER Cornelius Mweetwa is displeased with the continued holding by police of Ackson Sejani, two UPND mayors and Choma-based businessman Fines Malambo.
On March 21, Lusaka police ‘arrested’ former local government minister in the Frederick Chiluba government Sejani and Malambo, in relation to the racket around Pheluna Hatembo and Milton Hatembo of Choma.
On March 22, Choma mayor Javen Simoloka and Mazabuka mayor Vincent Lilanda were also ‘arrested’ in Lusaka, around the same topic.
According to government and pro-PF media advertising, the Hatembos have been abducted.
The duo had initiated in court a Kalomo farm ownership dispute with UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema.
After losing the matter in court, the Hatembos have ‘disappeared,’ in fear of being harassed by PF operatives, for refusing to appeal the matter.
Sejani, who is now a UPND National Management Committee (NMC) member and Malambo are held at Ridgeway Police Post in Lusaka.
On other hand, Simoloka and Lilanda are being held at Woodlands and Kabwata police stations respectively in Lusaka.
Mweetwa, the Choma Central UPND member of parliament and opposition party spokesperson spoke to journalists at the party secretariat in Lusaka on Thursday.
“Today (Thursday) is day 11 of the incarceration of Honourable Ackson Sejani, two mayors of the UPND and a Choma businessman, Mr Fines Malambo, who have been in police custody without a charge, without being arrested,” Mweetwa, who is the lawyer for the quartet, said.
“They are keeping them there in an act which now has to be described as State abduction of citizens. Two days ago, police went to sneak out the mayor for Mazabuka (Lilanda) to go and entice him that ‘we know where these people are; we were sent by HH.’”
He added that the arrest of the quartet was about hunting down Hichilema to prevent him from contesting elections in August.
“But it won’t happen! If you want more people in cells, we are many who are ready. If you see countries where you go for elections and they unleash violence and want to win through that violence…. But it won’t happen,” Mweetwa said.
He further complained about the continued detention of Lusaka district UPND information and publicity secretary, Matomola Likwanya, at Kabwata Police Station.
“He (Likwanya) has been there (Kabwata Police Station) also for 10 days – without being taken to court,” said Mweetwa. “There are many people out there, speaking from the UPND legal team, who the media are not even reporting who are being arrested and bundled in police cells without being taken to court.”