Summoning political leaders to police not new – Kampyongo

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Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo

HOME AFFAIRS minister Stephen Kampyongo says the summoning of political leaders by the country’s law enforcement agencies is a not a new phenomenal in Zambia.

Speaking during a press briefing at his office in Lusaka this afternoon, Kampyongo said he was disappointed that “known” UPND officials were mobilising cadres to “cause chaos and instability in the country” after police summoned party leader Hakainde Hichilema for questioning.

Hichilema is expected to appear for questioning at Police Force Headquarters tomorrow.

Kampyongo said no individual was above the law and that anyone suspected of a crime must be investigated without fear or favor.

He warned that no one would be allowed to intimidate the police for them to fail to execute their constitutional and professional mandate.

“The government is going to do everything possible to ensure that the Zambia Police Service is supported to enforce the law without fear or favor,” he said.

“The appearance of political leaders before police and other law enforcement agencies such as the Anti-Corruption Commission, the Drug Enforcement Commission and others is not a new phenomenal in Zambia, Kampyongo pointed out.

Kampyongo said political party figure were summoned to Police even before the PF came into power.

He cited the example of former president Fredrick Chiluba as example of a political leader who was arrested and prosecuted in the past.

The minister also there members of the current regime who had been summoned by law enforcement agencies and taken to court saying no one had attempted to block them from facing the law.

Kampyongo also warned PF cadres in Chawama that the party would not shield those involved in criminality from facing the the law.

Kalemba December 22, 2020

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