Police in Chongwe today chased United Party for National Development Leader Hakainde Hichilema from the area after seeing him with his team checking on water and hunger crisis. Police says they received instructions from the Police Command that Mr Hichilema must immediately leave chongwe because he did not have a permit. They say Hichilema was not an ordinary person and would attract a lot of attention from people in the area.
But UPND Leader Hakainde Hichilema told the Officer in Charge that he was in the area to help suffering people including Police Officers themselves.
“We couldn’t hold back our compassion arising from widespread reports on how our people in Chongwe district of Lusaka province are suffering due to lack of safe and clean drinking water. Their only source of water, the Chongwe dam has nearly dried up due to drought and other factors related to disturbances of forest reserve recharge areas” he said.
“Unfortunately while sympathizing with our people, Police citing the POA stopped us stating that we needed to obtain a police permit in order for us to see how our people are suffering from hunger and thirst.”
We however advised the officers that we were not fighting them but merely assessing what we could do for the communities which included themselves, to ensure they accessed safe and clean drinking water.” He said.
“Additionally, we stated that our visit was to get facts on the ground to enable us work out a plan to ensure water for our people is availed through various means including sinking boreholes, but the Police vehemently insisted that we had no right to visit such places because they are run by government.” Mr. Hichilema said.
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