In this audio, UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema says he is still going strong and ready for trial because his spirit has not been broken.
And Hichilema says he is now looking forward to a speedy trial because he has not committed any crime to warrant his two-month-long detention.
In an interview after Lusaka magistrate David Simusamba committed him to the High Court to stand trial in the treason case, Hichilema told News Diggers that he was a strong man and no one would succeed to break his spirit.
Asked if he was confident of getting a fair trial in the High Court, Hichilema said any trained court official understood that there was no treason case.
“I think the issue here is that when there is no case, anybody who is trained as a lawyer knows that they must do the right thing, there is no case,” Hichilema said.
Asked if he was broken having spent two months in remand prison, Hichilema said he was going strong.
“Never! My spirit is not broken, not at all. You cannot break the spirit of an individual like us. We have to remain strong and we are going strong until we prove ourselves,” he said.
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Hichilema maintained that his incarceration was as a result of the political competition that he was posing to the ruling party.
“We were basically picked up in a brutal manner, not because we had committed a crime but because of political competition, absence of the rule of law and disrespect for human rights. That is why we are in court because if you followed the ruling of the other magistrate [Greenwell Malumani] there was no investigation done. There is no issue here and we want to prove ourselves in court,” he said.
Meanwhile, Hichilema said he was looking forward to a speedy trial.
“We are ready for trial, there is no doubt about it. This is a non-issue for us. I am in court because of hatred, because of vindictiveness. We look forward to the court to allocate days quickly so that we can prove that there is nothing here.
We need a dedicated judge to deal with our matter expeditiously. Justice delayed is justice denied, there is no question about it. So lets get on with it. Lets do it,” said Hichilema
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