Zambia politician detained for ‘insulting the president’
Police in Zambia have arrested an opposition leader and charged him with defaming the president.
The offence carries a maximum sentence of three years.
Chishimba Kambwili is accused of insulting President Edgar Lungu in videos circulating social media and was summoned to a police station on Wednesday.
“He is currently detained in police custody,” a police spokesperson confirmed.
Mr Kambwili’s lawyers were not available for a comment.
Mr Kambwili served as information minister under the governing Patriotic Front party before he was dismissed, and has since emerged as a fierce critic of President Lungu.
He was one of the founding members of the National Democratic Congress, which was deregistered last week.