Zambia Police has disputed the statement attributed to United Party for National Development (UPND) Spokesperson Charles Kakoma that the health of Hakainde Hichilema is deteriorating in detention and that police have denied him medical attention.
Zambia Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo tells Byta FM that from the time Hichilema was detained, the police have been allowing his personal doctor to visit and conduct routine medical checks on him.
“Statements such as the one attributed to Mr Charles Kakoma are misleading and bent on inciting members of the public and should be dismissed. We do realise as police that even those people who may be in detention who do not have personal doctors or Lawyers are taken for medical attention in instances where they become unwell whilst in detention because it is their constitutional right,” says Katongo.
“One wonders why we could deny Mr Hichilema medical attention when he is just a suspect because even people who are convicted have got a right to medical attention.”
Katongo stated that police we will not take such unjustified statements lightly because they are aimed at disturbilising the security of the nation.