Media Editor, Barotseland Post
Embassy of the United States of America
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Public Affairs Officer
April 13, 2017
LAW professor Muna Ndulo says Zambia is rapidly degenerating into a police state as numerous citizens are getting detained without regard to their human rights.
In a statement following police’s arrest of UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema who has since been charged with treason, Prof Ndulo, the director of Berger International Studies Program at Cornell Law School and Cornell Institute for African Development, stated that police must realise that they were not above the law and wondered how President Edgar Lungu, a lawyer by profession, was allowing the absence of rule of law in the country.
Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has been charged with treason for allegedly obstructing President Edgar Lungu's motorcade on a main road, according to police.
On Saturday, Lungu had passed through Mongu - 500km west of the capital, Lusaka - and his motorcade was obstructed because Hichilema's convoy refused to give way, police said.
The 2017 Kuomboka has kicked off in splendor and style with the sounding of the Maoma royal drums to not only signal the start of the Kuomboka festivities but also officially summon all royal paddlers to Lealui for the Kuomboka voyage.
The Scottish Government will move to hold a second referendum on independence from the United Kingdom, the country's First Minister has announced, blaming the UK Government's lack of compromise over Brexit.
At least eight killed as many affected by humanitarian crisis caused by severe regional drought scramble for handouts.