Geoffrey Mwamba, who is vice-president for the main opposition United Party for National Development (UPND), was arrested after being questioned at one of the police stations in Lusaka, the country’s capital, in connection with the arrest of 19 party youth at his gymnasium who were allegedly undergoing drilling.

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Police raided the gymnasium Saturday after reports that it was being used as a training center for suspected militia.

The police also confiscated some suspected items believed to be part of the party’s alleged plot to train militia.

The youth have since pleaded not guilty to the offense of unlawful drilling when they appeared in court on Monday.

Mwamba, a former defense minister, appeared before police officers at the Woodlands Police Station accompanied by eight lawyers and senior party leaders, including the party’s president Hakainde Hichilema, while a horde of party supporters sung solidarity songs and carried placards denouncing the current government outside the police station.

Zambia Police Spokesperson confirmed the arrest of the politician and said he will appear in court soon.
He could serve up to seven years in jail if convicted.

But one of his lawyers told local media that their client had been denied bond by the police.

Last week, President Edgar Lungu revealed that he had received information that the opposition party was training over 200 youth, with the purpose of causing violence should it lose the August 11 general elections.
But Mwamba said he was not dull to think of training militias in an open place. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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