CAROLINE KALOMBE, PRISCILLA CHIPULU, Lusaka
UNITED Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema, who has been charged with treason, has been transferred to Mukobeko
Maximum Security Centre in Kabwe.
Hichilema was yesterday taken from Lusaka Central Correctional Centre, commonly known as Chimbokaila, and flown to Mukobeko.
A senior government official who asked not to be identified said Hichilema’s transfer was not peculiar because the Zambia Correctional Service can move any person in its custody to any designated facility for various reasons.
Hichilema, Laston Mulilanduba, Hachinda Muleya, Wallace Chakwa, Pretorius Haloba and Hanaleka Hamusonde are charged with treason and have been in detention since April, when they were arrested.
And one of Mr Hichilema’s lawyers said their client was yesterday transferred to Kabwe.
Gilbert Phiri said no reasons were given to the lawyers for the transfer.
On Thursday, Hichilema and five others were committed to the High Court for trial after a protracted battle between the defence and the State on preliminary issues.
Particulars of the treason offence are that between April 5 and 8, 2017 in Lusaka and Mongu, Hichilema and five others, jointly and whilst acting together with other unknown persons, did endeavour to carry out by force an enterprise to usurp the executive powers of the State in a matter of public and general nature by overt acts.