UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema in Police van

THE Zambia Police Service has acted professionally in summoning leader of the United Party for National Development – UPND – to court, says Inter-Africa Governance Network (AFRINET) Maurice Malambo.

In a statement released today, Mr Malambo some threats from UPND leaders and members to disrupt the process of questioning Mr Hichilema amounts to conduct constituting the obstruction of justice and prevention of the execution of lawful mandate of a public servant in this case law enforcement entity by express.

“What will determine the arrest or non-arrest of Mr. Hichilema, like any other person of interest to law enforcement entities, is what the inquiry will bring to the fore in relation to what investigative information police may have gathered from other separate investigations on the same matter.”

AFRINET has since implored the police to remain professional and act with firm in executing their mandate regardless of who is involved because there’s certainly no one who is above the law.

“We urge the police to do thorough investigations before arresting and charging any citizen because it is very disappointing that some criminal matters involving high profile people are usually not brought to a logical and natural conclusion even when the suspects may have been formally arrested and charged,”

Mr Malambo bemoaned the fact that in some cases the State prematurely enters a Nolle prosequi or the suspects getting acquitted in circumstances that clearly establish incompetence and the lack of credibility on the part of the law enforcement and prosecution.

Mr. Hichilema is being probed in connection with various complaints made to the Police by EPP leader Chilufya Tayali in a number of cases.