THEY SHOULD BE FIGHTING HUNGER
…not me, says Dr Fred M’membe upon arrival at Ibex Police Station for questioning, where he met 6th President ECL who offered him solidarity
Lusaka, Wednesday, November 14, 2023 (Smart Eagles)
“Is Socialist Party President Dr Fred M’membe getting arrested today?” is the question lingering amongst Zambians today, especially following the arrest of the leaders in the opposition Patriotic Front – PF yesterday.
Speaking upon the arrival at Ibex Police Station today, Dr M’membe said government should fight hunger and not him.
The opposition leader said it would be good if they arrested him for causing hunger in the country.
This comes amid the high cost of living Zambians are grappling with.
Cries of the majority Zambians who are wallowing in abject poverty have seemingly continued landing on deaf Ears and their tears have gone unnoticed as UPND neglects the “heaven on earth” promises made prior to 2021 elections.
Asked if he had an idea why he was summoned, he said “no, it’s them who know. They have not told me, they have just summoned me. I wish I knew. But whatever they have summoned me for, it is okay”
“Wherever they want to take me, if they want to take me to Bweengwa, it’s okay, I am ready for that and I have carried my stuff.”
And Dr M’membe’s counterpart and PF President, Dr Edgar Chagwa Lungu who went to offer him solidarity while visiting PF Secretary General Hon. Raphael Mangani Nakacinda at the same Police Station said “as long as president (M’membe) is here, as long as Nakacinda is here, we will come back. If they remove them from here you wont see us here.”
As he exited the premises, he said to the police officers “thank you much, we have been peaceful, we go in peace.”
It is believed that Police are investigating a complaint from Nevers Mumba regarding a Zimbabwean documentary about SADC Election Observer Mission in which Dr M’membe, Given Lubinda, Raphael Nakacinda, Chilufya Tayali and Amb. Emmanuel Mwamba gave comments.
And Socialist Party General Secretary Dr Cosmas Musumali castigated government over the arrest of opposition leaders.
“What should be arrested is hunger, what should be arrested is the discontent of the Zambian masses. That is what should be arrested. And trying to deflect the situation doesn’t help at all. So all these leaders are being arrested on trumped up charges and this is unacceptable,” he said.
“It is an infringement on human rights of these people and Zambians have been duped. Zambians have voted in one of the worst dictators, a puppet of imperialism, someone who is failing to deliver to the masses and using tyranny to ensure that he gets his way through. Zambians are watching. You can intimidate some of these leaders and you will never be able to intimidate Zambians everywhere, wherever they are.”