Zambian court okays treason charge against opposition chief

Hakainde-Hichilema

Hakainde Hichilema, Zambia’s main opposition chief must face treason charges brought against him by the state, a Magistrate court in the capital, Lusaka, ruled on Wednesday morning.

‘‘The charge of treason is only triable in the High Court. The law does not place power in the subordinate court to quash the indictment. The motion to quash the treason charge is untenable,’’ Magistrate Greenwell Malumani said.

Hichilema, a successful economist, is facing two other counts of trespassing and use of improper language. The magistrate also ruled that the charges will all be tried separately.

The charge of treason is only triable in the High Court. The law does not place power in the subordinate court to quash the indictment. The motion to quash the treason charge is untenable.

Lanatana.N