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Armed Police Arrest Lone Protester, Kevin Soper

Zambia’s Armed Police officers this morning picked up 62-year-old prominent Kitwe farmer Kevin Soper from Maposa area in Luanshya as he resumed his lone protest walk from Kitwe to Lusaka over a land dispute.

Mr Soper, who accuses Northern Province Permanent Secretary ELIAS KAMANGA of grabbing 600 hectares of his land, says he wants to walk to Lusaka and raise his concerns with President Edgar Lungu at State House.

Around 06:50hrs this morning, three Police officers from Kitwe Central Police Station found Mr Soper walking along the Kitwe-Ndola Dual Carriageway and immediately ordered him to abandon his protest.

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One of the officers, a Mr Phiri, told Mr SOPER that a delegation of senior government officials will be coming to Kitwe in the coming days to resolve the issue surrounding his farm in Kitwe south.

A few minutes later, Deputy Inspector General of Police Malcolm Mulenga phoned Mr Soper and after a few minutes of arguments, he agreed to abandon his protest walk.

The Police officers later picked Mr Soper and took him to Kitwe Central Police Station where they had a chat with him before releasing him.

Last month, Mr Soper embarked on his first lone walk to State House in Lusaka in protest against the alleged grabbing of 600 hectares from his farm in Northern Province Permanent Secretary Elias Kamanga.

The first protest walk was however short-lived as he was picked by Police at Kamfinsa Junction and driven to Kitwe Central Police Station for not having been cleared by the Zambia Police.

But Mr Kamanga has denied grabbing the land from Mr Soper.

Mr Kamanga told ZNBC News  that Mr SOPER together with former Wusakile Member of Parliament Barnabas Chella lost a court case and the land in question was advertised by the Kitwe City Council.

Mr Kamanga says he bought his land genuinely with many other Kitwe residents who have since settled in the area.

Source: ZNBC

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