by Mirriam Chabala on 19 Jun 2019by Zondiwe Mbewe on 19 Jun 2019by Mirriam Chabala on 19 Jun 2019by Zondiwe Mbewe on 19 Jun 2019
- Goal Diggers
by Abraham Kalito on 19 Jun 2019by Abraham Kalito on 17 Jun 2019by Abraham Kalito on 17 Jun 2019by Abraham Kalito on 10 Jun 2019
by Sipilisiwe Ncube on 19 Jun 2019by Derrick Silimina on 18 Jun 2019by Stuart Lisulo on 17 Jun 2019by Stuart Lisulo on 17 Jun 2019
by Joseph Mwenda on 19 Jun 2019by Zondiwe Mbewe on 18 Jun 2019by Zondiwe Mbewe on 18 Jun 2019by Zondiwe Mbewe on 18 Jun 2019
- Editor's Choice
by Diggers Correspondent on 24 May 2019by Diggers Reporter on 4 Mar 2019by Andyford Mayele Banda on 29 Jan 2019by Davies Mwila on 22 Jan 2019
by Diggers Editor on 19 Jun 2019by Diggers Editor on 18 Jun 2019by Diggers Editor on 15 Jun 2019by Diggers Editor on 13 Jun 2019
by Zondiwe Mbewe on 7 Jun 2019by Mukosha Funga on 30 May 2019by Sipilisiwe Ncube on 23 May 2019by Sampa Kabwela on 18 May 2019
- Guest Diggers
by Chibamba Kanyama on 11 Jun 2019by Chibamba Kanyama on 28 May 2019by Guest Digger on 22 May 2019by Chibamba Kanyama on 21 May 2019
Police arrest Laura, othersBy Sipilisiwe Ncube on 29 Sep 2017
Police in Lusaka have arrested Alliance for Community Action executive director Laura Miti, PeP president Sean Tembo, singer Chama Fumba (Pilato) and several other protesters who marched to Parliament to demonstrate against the purchase of 42 fire tenders at a cost of US$42 million.
The protesters gathered at Puma Filling Station at Arcades around 12:30 led by Tembo, singer Pilato and ZCSD executive director Lewis Mwape and were later joined by Miti who had been summoned by police.
Miti and her fellow protesters carried placards inscribed “The President doesn’t know, the Minister doesn’t know, who knows?” Other banners were written, “wake up Zambia, it’s our money.
As they approached the National Assembly entrance, police officers grabbed and destroyed their placards, but resolved to go ahead with their protest, Miti and her colleagues went to sit peacefully on a pavement near the entrance to Parliament building.
However, a horde of PF cadres arrived a few minutes later chanting, “let the police do their work, get out of here”, among other rantings.
Police then moved on to arrest Miti, Pilato, Tembo and others.
As they were being led to a police van, Miti was heard shouting, “Let us protest, it is our money! Why are you arresting us when you have left the PF cadres just standing there?”
Earlier police summoned Miti to Force Headquarters to warn her against protesting.
“Mrs Katongo, Esther Katongo (Police Spokesperson) called me and said I was invited for a meeting with the Deputy IG before 12,” said Miti.
Earlier, Police delivered a letter to Miti’s office in which they requested her to schedule the protest for another time saying they did not have adequate manpower to facilitate.
But in her reply, Miti stated that the protests could not be postponed because they were strategically scheduled for today when Minister of Finance would present the national budget.
After the arrest of the protesters, Police issued a statement saying they would keep Miti and other protesters in detention until they were charged.
“Six persons were today arrested at Parliament by Police. Those arrested are: Laura Miti aged 52 of PHI in Lusaka who is Director of Alliance for Community Action, Female Mika Mwambazi aged 30 of NRDC and a freelance consultant, male Sean Tembo aged 37 of Lusaka’s Avondale who is party president for Patriots for Economic Progress (PeP), Male Fumba Chama aged 33 of Kansenshi in Ndola, Lewis Mwape aged 44 of Balastone Villa who is Executive Director for Zambia Council for Social Development (ZCSD) and Male Bonwell Mwewa aged 43 of PHI in Lusaka.They are detained in custody and will soon be charged,” stated Katongo.
About Sipilisiwe Ncube
Sipilisiwe Ncube is a Zambian journalist with a background in radio news.
Email: sipilisiwe [at] diggers [dot] news
- AVIC bids for $21m project, but gets govt offer at $25m - 19 Jun 2019
- Chiluba’s legacy has been undervalued – Mutati - 19 Jun 2019
- Robbers murder Chinese couple in Mumbwa - 19 Jun 2019
- 3 Chilubi juveniles die in house fire - 19 Jun 2019
- Maiko condemns police for denying permit for Yellow Card Protest - 18 Jun 2019
Subscribe for email alerts
ArchivesJul0 PostsAug0 PostsSep0 PostsOct0 PostsNov0 PostsDec0 Posts
- June 2019
- May 2019
- April 2019
- March 2019
- February 2019
- January 2019
- December 2018
- November 2018
- October 2018
- September 2018
- August 2018
- July 2018
- June 2018
- May 2018
- April 2018
- March 2018
- February 2018
- January 2018
- December 2017
- November 2017
- October 2017
- September 2017
- August 2017
- July 2017
- June 2017
- May 2017
- April 2017
- March 2017
- February 2017
- January 2017
- December 2016
- November 2016
- October 2016
The News Diggers
Deputy News Editor
Plot No. Lus/9812/649-MC8
off Alex Chola Road
P.O. Box 32147
Telephone or WhatsApp:
diggers [at] diggers [dot] news
editor [at] diggers [dot] news
Send this to a friend