#FreeHH Defend Our Democracy and Human Rights
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On the night of April 10th 2017, over 600 heavily armed Police raided, gassed family members, beat up workers in their search for Mr Hakainde Hichilema (HH) the main Opposition Political Leader. They destroyed his property by breaking down doors, wardrobes, stealing food, clothing, money and anything they could lay their hands on. Mr Hakainde was later arrested when he gave himself up in the morning after his lawyers were allowed in the house. On April 12th 2017, HH was formally charged with Treason and other frivolous charges. The State is accusing HH of posing a threat to national security because his motorcade did not yield to President Lungu’s motorcade on 8th April, 2017, when in actual fact the state police did not do what was expected of them to secure his passage.
Over the past 3 years, there has been massive decay in the once promising young Zambian democracy. Today it is marred with Police Brutality, Victimization of difference of views especially private media houses, Torture and in some instances murder of the people with opposing views, with impunity. The government under Lungu has set out to withdraw from the International Criminal Court – why should Zambia do so now? What is Lungu’s government scared of?
Treason is a non-bailable offence, with a maximum penalty of death in Zambia. We have seen similar situations around Africa too many times and we need your voice to stop this before Zambia becomes another statistic on the wars' record on the African continent.
As Zambians living in the UK and enjoying the democracy which Her Majesty’s government avails to all the people that live in this country without prejudice, we are appealing to the UK government through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to reach out to president Lungu and advise him to desist from breaking the democracy which Zambia has embraced through the years post UNIP’s one-party state. There is no room for dictators in this world. Just as the Commonwealth threw out Zimbabwe for violation of human rights, and disregard of laws and the constitution which is a fundamental set of principles used to govern a country, there is a possibility that Zambia could be penalised for these atrocities
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