Zambian police searching for “naked woman” protestor


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Zambian police searching for “naked woman” protestor

Zambia’s Inspector General of Police Ephraim Mateyo has said police are in pursuit of a Lusaka woman who stripped naked on Independence Avenue in the capital in protest over the results of the presidential elections won by Rupiah Banda of the ruling party in Thursday’s presidential poll. Mateyo, who described the incident as unfortunate, said if apprehended, the woman would be charged with indecent exposure. “According to the laws of Zambia, indecent exposure is a criminal offence,” Mateyo was quoted as saying Monday by the state-run Zambia Daily Mail. The picture of the unidentified woman was published in one of the local daily newspapers over the weekend. The non-governmental Organisations Coordinating Committee (NGOCC) executive dire ctor Engwase Mwale described the behaviour of the woman as un-Zambian, saying that no dignified woman could strip naked in public when there were other channels that could be used to express grievances. “For us, this picture is quite demeaning to the woman,” she said. Banda won the October presidential by-elections, beating three other candidates.

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