Zambia: Police arrest 133 protesters after contested election
Aug 16, Lusaka: Zambian police said they have arrested 133 people protesting against the re-election of President Edgar Lungu after his main opponent Hakainde Hichilema said the vote was rigged.
Leader of the Patriotic Front (PF) Lungu won 50.35 percent of the vote, against 47.67 percent for Hichilema, of the United Party for National Development (UPND), according to the Electoral Commission of Zambia, reprots said.
The opposition party quickly rejected that result, saying that the electoral commission had colluded to rig the result in favour of Lungu. He has been in office for only 19 months after taking power last year when he beat Hichilema by fewer than 28,000 votes in a snap election after the death in office of President Michael Sata. His re-election secures him another five-year term, according to the reports.
"They targeted perceived supporters of the ruling party, destroying their property," Godwin Phiri, a Southern province police chief, told the Reuters news agency on Tuesday, referring to those arrested.
The Oslo Times International News Network