150 arrested in Zambia over poll protest
16 August 2016, 19:25
Lusaka - Zambian police said on Tuesday they had arrested 150
opposition demonstrators over protests that erupted after President Edgar Lungu
was declared the winner of a highly-contested vote.
of opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema took to the streets in Southern
Province after the election results were released on Monday, blockading roads
with logs and burning tyres.
people of Southern Province were very sure that Hichilema was going to win...
and this sparked riots... resulting into the arrest of 150 people," the
province's police commissioner Godwin Phiri said in a statement.
the leader of United Party for National Development (UPND), has rejected
Thursday's poll as rigged and the party said it would formally challenge the
54-year-old self-made businessman hails from the south and enjoys widespread
support in the region.
said calm had been restored in the southern towns but that protesters had
indicated they would continue demonstrating.
capital Lusaka, police decked in riot gear maintained a heavy presence in the
streets but no violence was reported.
results put Lungu narrowly ahead with 50.35% of the vote against 47.63% for
Hichilema, a difference of about 200,000 votes.
who was making his fifth bid for the presidency, claimed there were clear signs
of fraud and vote rigging over the four days it took to release the results.
run-up to the poll was tense, with clashes between Lungu's Patriotic Front and
UPND supporters leaving at least three people dead. But election day was
to the constitution, Lungu's inauguration cannot take place until all electoral
disputes are settled.
which gained independence from Britain in 1964, has a long history of peaceful