POLICE in Lusaka picked incarcerated NDC leader Chishimba Kambwili’s wife Carol and daughter Chanda at the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court, today morning, on allegations that the two misconducted themselves as officers were performing their duties.
Kambwili’s wife allegedly slapped a police officer at the Court Complex in the fracas that ensued after one of her children was denied entry into the court premises.
The two women (Carol and Chanda) were manhandled before being bundled into a police vehicle and taken to Kabwata Police Station where they were detained.
Kambwili’s family, some NDC supporters, UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema, among others, were at court for hearing of Kambwili’s bail application, pending appeal, which was, however, adjourned to this Thursday.
By press time, Carol and Chanda were said to have been charged with conduct likely to cause breach of peace and assault, respectively.
And when queried over the arrest of the two, Police spokesperson Esther Katongo said a detailed report would be given once availed.
“I don’t have full details, but some people have been picked at the Magistrate Court Complex for misconducting themselves as officers were performing their duties. A detailed report will be given once availed,” Katongo said.
Earlier on, Hichilema was equally denied entry into the court premises and was only allowed entry moments later.
Speaking shortly after being denied entry, Hichilema complained that this was how a dictatorship worked.
“We cannot continue like this. You arrest somebody, who basically did not commit a crime, you don’t want him to be in court, you don’t want him to get bail, you don’t want friends and relatives to see him? This is dictatorship! Those who were doubting, this is how a dictatorship works. This is a brutal PF regime, which has failed to run the economy. Next, you see, they will be discharging teargas here (court grounds). Because they are spending money to buy teargas and guns. This is what dictators do. We must all come together and effect change come 2021. But change starts now,” said Hichilema.
Last Wednesday, Lusaka Principal Resident Magistrate David Simusamba convicted and sentenced Kambwili to 12 months’ imprisonment with hard labour on charges of forgery and uttering a false document.
He, however, acquitted him on the other charge of giving false information to a public officer.