Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has been detained and questioned by police for allegedly committing “treason” for obstructing the motorcade of President Edgar Lungu when it was traveling to a traditional ceremony at the weekend, his lawyer said on Tuesday.
Presidential spokesman Amos Chanda said on Sunday that Hichilema obstructed Lungu’s motorcade, maintaining its lane instead of getting off the road.
Hichilema was granted bail in October after being charged with sedition, a move his team said was an attempt by the ruling party to silence dissent.
Hichilema was defeated by President Edgar Lungu in last August elections, which he described as fraudulent.
Although authorities could not immediately confirm why Hichilema was being questioned, his lawyer Jack Mwiimbu told Reuters “They have detained him for having committed treason along Limulunga road by obstructing the presidential motorcade.”