Police in Western Province have arrested five senior UPND officials for unlawful assembly at their party secretariat.

In an interview with News Diggers! Western Province Police Commissioner Charles Lungu said the officials held a press briefing at their secretariat without notifying the police command.

“We have arrested five UPND members for unlawful assembly. Unlawful assembly is when you hold a gathering without notifying the police, so we have arrested them and they are currently being charged,” said Lungu.

He however said no journalist was among those arrested.

Meanwhile, police spokesperson Esther Mwaata Katongo also confirmed the arrests and named the suspects.

“Five UPND provinvial officials for Western Province have been arrested for unlawful assembly. They are Jeremiah Lihongo, 37, who is provincial youth chairperson, Moto Moto, 67, the vice chairperson, David Changamali, 49, provincial secretary administration, Mbinji Bishwashua, Provincial Secretary for politics, 68, Mukubesa Ellis, 66, provincial coordinator,” said Katongo.

“They have been arrested for unlawful assembly and are currently detained in police custody. They intended to have a press briefing at their offices where according to a press statement found with them, they wanted to demand for the release of their Leader Mr Hakainde Hichilema.”
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