President Lungu instructs police to arrest all pastors who preach about economic crisis

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President Edgar Lungu has directed the Police to arrest pastors who had gathered to discuss the debt crisis and 2019 National budget.

Police have also summoned the CTPD leaders a civil society organisation to the Ndola police station.

Pastor George Palo is now being questioned by Police while other men of God are being taken to Police.

Below is a statement sent to Top Secret by Isaac Mwaipopo the CTPD – Executive Director:

The Zambia Police have disrupted a meeting we held this morning in Ndola and summoned two of our staff for questioning at Ndola Police

This is a meeting we held at Ndola Baptist Church to share our reflections on the proposed 2019 National Budget with Faith Leaders, we had over 50 faith leaders who had gathered to be part of this meeting.

As we speak, Pastor George Palo, one of the leaders that helped us to bring together the Faith Leaders is still at the police for question.

From the Centre for Trade Police and Development, two have also been summoned. Our Head of Programmes and Research, Mr Brian Chiko Mwiinga and our Communications Officer Mr.Isaiah Mbewe are on their way to Ndola Police station for questioning as well.

We are yet to get full details in terms of what wrong has been committed by meeting the faith church leaders and discussing issues in the proposed 2019 National Budget but if we do we should be able to share.

For more information, our communucations officer can aswell assist as he is on the ground.

Isaac Mwaipopo
CTPD – Executive Director


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