Hichilema: Court To Decide On Treason Charge Against Zambia Opposition


Still on the case of the imprisoned opposition leader in Zambia, Hakainde Hichilema (HH), a top court will decide his fate next week.

Hichilema’s lawyers argued against the treason charge saying that the charges were vague and ambiguous. They called on the court to throw out the case citing the vagueness of the charges.

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The magistrate in charge of the Hichilema case, Greenwell Malumani requested more time to make a decision, that is, whether to dismiss the charge or take into consideration other charges brought up by the defence lawyers.

“The issues involved are many and complex and therefore I cannot hurriedly make a ruling. I will adjourn the matter to Wednesday, 26th April for ruling on the preliminary issues raised,” Malumani said.

Zambia’s opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema was charged with treason for blocking President Edgar Lungu’s motorcade at an event which occurred a week ago in Zambia’s western province.

Hichilema’s lawyer, Jack Mwiimbu said the charge is a waste of time.

“The charge is nonsensical and no sensible lawyer can come up with such a charge,“The unfortunate part is that the police are being unprofessional considering that it is the (ruling party) who have been proposing that HH must be charged with treason.”

“The unfortunate part is that the police are being unprofessional considering that it is the (ruling party) who have been proposing that HH must be charged with treason.”

Hakainde Hichilema has also been accused of plotting to overthrow President Lungu.

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The rivalry between HH and President Lungu has caused political tension to rise in a country that was previously politically stable. The political fracas began in August 2016 when President Lungu won the Presidential election in a close victory over Hichilema.

The opposition argued that the election was rigged, however, the ruling party insisted that it was a fair win.

Hichilema still does not regard Edgar Lungu as his president.