POLICE in Eastern Province say Patriotic Front Eastern Province Youth Chairperson Emmanuel J Banda, commonly known as Jay Jay, is still in custody and will appear before the courts of law this week.

In an interview, police commissioner Luckson Sakala said Jay Jay was charged with unlawful procession and unlawful assembly.

“ ay Jay is still in custody. This is a weekend so we are going to continue with this issue on Monday. He will appear before court on Monday or Tuesday. We have arrested him and he is in our custody at Chipata Central police Station. He has been charged with unlawful procession and unlawful assembly,” said Sakala.

On Thursday evening, Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja ordered the Eastern Province command to arrest Jay Jay for leading an illegal procession.

“It was, however, observed that after Banda was released on Police Bond, he proceeded to Eastern Province where he staged an unlawful procession which is against provisions of the Public Order Act. I have therefore directed the Eastern Province Police Commissioner to arrest the said Banda as he did not notify the police. I wish to reassure members of the public that the Zambia Police shall not favour any individual based on political affiliation, race or status in society in execution of duty as our mandate demands that we enforce the law fairly,” stated Kanganja.