Monday, March 7, 2016 2:37 pm
Zambia’s opposition leader, Geoffrey Mwamba, arrested last week for threatening President Edgar Lungu has denied the allegation.
Mwamba, vice-president of the United Party for National Development, was arrested on charges of inciting violence against Lungu last week. Police said he had threatened to “go for his throat”. The court has released him on bail.
“I deny the charge,” Mwamba told a packed courtroom, without going into further details. If convicted, he faces a maximum of five years in prison, a lawyer said.
Political tensions are mounting before presidential, parliamentary and local elections in Aug. 11.
Mwamba was also arrested then released by the police last week on separate charges of training party supporters to become an illegal militia.
President Lungu a fortnight ago accused the opposition of training party supporters to cause voilence during the elections.
Mwamba also denied that charge and his party said the arrests of 21 of its members on similar accusations were meant to intimidate the opposition before presidential elections.
Both Lungu and United Party for National Development leader Hakainde Hichilema are seen as front runners.