Kambwili arrested, bundled in police van to Luanshya
By Staff Reporter
OPPOSITION National Democratic Congress (NDC) consultant Chishimba Kambwili has been arrested in Lusaka and bundled in a police vehicle to Luanshya, about 350 kilometres.
Police nabbed the Roan PF member of parliament at police headquarters where he had gone to lodge a complaint against Copperbelt police commissioner Charity Katanga for ‘abusing her authority’ by insisting that he appears before police in Luanshya when he had requested a deferment due to court commitments in Lusaka.
And Kamwili’s lawyers, Keith Mweemba and Gilbert Phiri said they did not know why their client had been arrested.
“The police were saying he has to appear in Luanshya today without fail despite of the letter we wrote. That’s why we said we have to cooperate with the police lets go and see the deputy inspector general of police so that we explain the situation and request for permission to be given an alternative date. But gilbert and I came late, there was our colleague Christopher Mundia there, when I entered the office, I was just told that your client has been arrested and he is being handed over to Luanshya police,” said Mweemba
Phiri said they do not know what he was arrested for.
“He was arrested right there at the deputy IGs office and the reason for his arrest is unclear to us. Because he has not been charged with any offence, and they have bundled him in a vehicle and now they have driven him to Luanshya,” said Phiri
On Tuesday police in Luanshya had summon Kambwili to appear on Thursday at Luanshya central police for questioning.
This is according to a call out served on Kambwili lawyers.
On Monday Kambwili disclosed that police were planning to arrest him on trumped up charges
On Wednesday lawyers representing Kambwili had written to the police district criminal investigations officers at Luanshya district stating their unavailability of their client on Thursday as per summon due to counsel having prior engagements.
And Copperbelt Police Commissioner Charity Katanga earlier in the morning warned that Kambwili would be arrested.
Speaking to Hot FM this morning, Katanga said the police in Luanshya were eagerly waiting for Kambwili who is charged with unlawful assembly when he met Avic International workers who were complaining of poor conditions of service by the Chinese construction company.
She said Kambwili would be forced to travel to Luanshya to answer to the charges.
However, Kambwili said he would not travel to Luanshya, which is about 350 kilometres from Lusaka on the day as he had a court matter the following day in Lusaka.
Katanga said the Copperbelt police had already mobilized to await the arrival of Kambwili in Luanshya.
On Wednesday afternoon, Kambwili also disclosed that President Edgar Lungu had sneaked out of the country. He demanded full disclosure of the whereabouts of the head state as he was using taxpayers money.