POLICE in Mpika have summoned UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema “to help with investigations”.

In an interview, Muchinga Province Police Commissioner Joel Njase said Hichilema was expected to assist with investigations relating to the alleged abduction of police officers.

On Thursday, Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja claimed that two police officers from Mpika Police Station were abducted by UPND cadres who were in the company of Hichilema.

When asked if Hichilema was summoned, Njase responded in the affirmative.

“Yes, we have summoned him. Like I earlier on hinted that for now we are investigating the incident that happened. Once we hear their part of the story, that is when we can make a comment,” Njase said.

When asked when Hichilema was expected to appear before the police, Njase said announcing the date would create a security risk.

“We will advise because of security concerns. Immediately we say this day, you will find that other things will start happening. So what we want is that other people are given a chance to give their testimonies, we also want to record from them,” said Njase.