CAROLINE KALOMBE, Lusaka
INSPECTOR-GENERAL of Police Kakoma Kanganja testified yesterday that opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema and his entourage were not authorised to use Limulunga Road in Mongu during the Kuomboka ceremony when President Lungu was travelling on it.
This is in a case in which Chilufya Tayali is charged with defamation of Mr Kanganja.
When the case came up for cross-examination before magistrate Felix Kaoma, Mr Kanganja said Mr Hichilema and his supporters were earlier allowed to use the road but that when it was apparent that President Lungu was passing, he should have given way.
Mr Kanganja said the President takes precedence and that Mr Hichilema should have parked on the roadside to allow the head of State to pass.
The police chief said he was not present when the incident happened but he was briefed that police officers had lined the route the President would take and they were placed on strategic points.
Mr Kanganja said UPND supporters were arrogant as they did not yield to police orders.
He said the President did not know the danger his life was in but that he made this fact known to the head of State.
Mr Kanganja said he is a competent and law-abiding citizen and that State machinery operations do not have to be written down for them to be followed but international standard and common practice make it proper to do so.
On April 13 this year, Tayali, with intent to defame Mr Kanganja by means of writing, allegedly unlawfully published on social media a defamatory statement.
Tayali allegedly wrote that “Kanganja is just covering up his inefficiency to charge Hakainde Hichilema with treason otherwise he should be an accomplice, but maybe he planned to kill the President or frame him”.