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Man Who Detained New Zambian President Gets Presidential Appointment

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Leshi Adebayo

 

 

President Hakainde Hichilema of Zambia has appointed Kuyomba Bwalya as deputy commissioner-general of the country’s correctional service.

According to PublicSphere, Hichilema was detained by Bwalya in 2017 for treason charges when he was accused of endangering former President Edgar Lungu’s life.

As an opposition leader, he was slammed with treason charge over the failure of his convoy to pave the way for Lungu’s motorcade. Four months later, Hichilema was freed after the charges against him were dropped by the State Prosecutor.

During the swearing-in ceremony of Bwalya and other officers on Wednesday, the President praised him for acting professionally during an oppressive regime (Lungu’s administration).

He went on to charge Bwalya and Fredrick Chilukutu, commissioner-general of the correctional service, to reform all the prisons in the country.

 

Recall Hichilema was sworn in as president in August after he defeated ex-President Edgar Lungu in a landslide victory. He was elected president after five futile attempts.

 

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