WATCH: Zambian opposition member stripped naked
17 March 2016, 17:14
Lusaka - A video of a Zambian opposition member being stripped naked in full view of police officers has gone viral on social media, attracting anger from several of the country's citizens.
Priscilla Mwiinga, a member of the United Party for National Development (UPND), was allegedly stripped naked by members of the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) during Youth Day celebrations in Lusaka on March 13, a local newspaper The Post reported.
The video, which features a visibly shaken Mwiinga, shows four policemen doing nothing to stop the violation. One of the cadres is then seen wrapping the woman in a chitenge cloth belonging to the ruling party.
Watch the video below
Speaking during an interview, Mwiinga relayed how she was chased by men belonging to the ruling party following the firing of teargas to stop clashes that had broken out between the rival groups.
"The situation was very tense. I have never seen anything like that in my whole life. I also started running away. I was gripped with a lot of fear. As I was running, I noticed a group of men chasing after me shouting, ‘uyo, uyo, mugwileni uyo (there she is, catch her)’."
Mwiinga claimed she was then hit over the head with an unknown object, causing her to fall to the ground.
"One of the cadres hit me with an object, I don’t know whether it was a stone or what. I got dizzy and fell to the ground. Then they started removing my clothes and I was left totally naked. The police could not stop them from doing that to me. I was stripped naked in full view of police officers; they happily watched me as those stupid PF cadres took away my pride of being a woman,” Mwiinga was quoted as saying.
The Non Governmental Organisation Co-ordinating Council has since rendered its voice in defense of Mwiinga, condemning the incident and describing the act as "barbaric" and "evil".
According to a statement released by the group, they are aware of the video being circulated over social media and have called for the immediate arrest of the culprits who took it upon themselves to violate Mwiinga.
"Zambia is a democratic country where all citizens are free to belong to any political grouping without any intimidation. The behavior of the cadres to undress an opposition member just because she is dressed in her party regalia is unconstitutional and we expect the leadership of the party to act against these cadres," read the statement.