The United Party for National Develpoment (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema and five other people who have jointly been charged with treason are appearing before court today, the 4th of May 2017 before Magistrate David Simusamba.
Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema with his companions have been charged with treason for allegedly obstructing President Edgar Lungu’s motorcade on a main road. The opposition leader disobeyed police orders to give way to the presidential motorcade in an attempt to put the life of the republican president in danger.
The Zambian Police said Hichilema’s motorcade did not yield after presidential security guards signalled for it to get out of the way as it passed through Mongu, 500km west of the capital Lusaka.
The two political rivals have been on each others necks since Lungu beat Hichilema narrowly in two presidential elections. Lungu, the Patriotic Front leader only just won last August’s vote, which the opposition United Party for National Development says was rigged.
The opposition leader tried to launch legal bids to challenge Lungu’s victory in last August’s election and they were all unsuccessfull.