Police in Zambia have arrested another opposition leader, a police spokesperson confirmed on Friday.

Chilufya Tayali, leader of the newly formed Economic and Equity Party, was arrested on Friday night following a posting on his Facebook page in which he accused the head of Zambia police of covering his inefficiency when he arrested the country’s main opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema and charged him with treason.

Esther Mwaata-Katongo, the police spokesperson, confirmed the arrest of the opposition leader who has since been charged with criminal libel.

She said in a statement that it was an offense for the opposition leader to further insinuate in his post that the head of the police planned what happened in western Zambia’s Mongu district last Saturday.

He is expected to appear in court next Tuesday.

Minister of Home Affairs Stephen Kampyongo warned on Thursday that the government will not condone the behavior of causing and agitating anarchy.

In Zambia, libel is not only an actionable tort (civil offence) but also a criminal offence, especially against the country’s president and other constitutional office holders.

On Wednesday, the police arrested Hichilema, a situation that has received mixed feelings, with other stakeholders saying the arrest of opposition leaders was meant to stifle divergent views. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh