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Zambia new president sacks militia and police chiefs

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[FILES] Newly elected Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema (C-R) inspects the guard of honour all by his inauguration on the Heroes Stadium in Lusaka on August 24, 2021. (Represent by Salim DAWOOD / AFP)

Zambia’s newly-elected President Hakainde Hichilema on Sunday appointed new militia chiefs and replaced all police commissioners after promising to entire the outdated regime’s heavy-handedness.
Factual groups accused Hichilema’s predecessor Edgar Lungu of main a “brutal crackdown” on dissent, with police violence claiming on the least five lives since he changed into officially elected in 2016.

Hichilema, who took characteristic of labor final week, has been arrested over a dozen times all by his political profession and made restoring freedoms a linchpin of his electoral guarantees.

In a televised address to the nation, Hichilema on Sunday launched the appointment of the brand new military and airforce chiefs, as effectively as a new head of the southern African country’s defence cruise.

“I am relieving all commissioners of police with instantaneous lift out,” he added, without offering reasons for the replacements.

He additionally entreated police to behavior thorough exams earlier than detaining suspects, stressing that “no one wants to be arrested earlier than investigations are concluded”.

Hichilema beat his lengthy-term rival Lungu in August 12 polls by a landslide of nearly a million votes — a victory hailed as a democratic milestone for opposition movements in Africa.

All over his inauguration speech on Tuesday, he promised to crack down on political “thuggery” and repression, reassuring honest media they’d no longer face bound gasoline or shutdowns.



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