Zambian opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema has been charged with treason, after allegedly refusing to give way for President Edgar Lungu’s motorcade on a main road.
Hichilema’s vehicles allegedly declined to pull over to allow Lungu’s convoy to pass when they were both travelling to Western province for a traditional ceremony at the weekend.
Hichilema has refuse to recognize Lungu as president, accusing him of political repression in Zambia; a nation known for its relative stability. He has also constantly challenged the result of last year’s presidential election, alleging that the vote was rigged.
More than one hundred armed police surrounded Hichilema’s house outside Lusaka early on Tuesday and tear gas was fired before a raid when he was taken into custody.
Zambian police chief, Kakoma Kanganja told reporters in Lusaka that Hichilema and five others have been charged with treason.