Zambian President Edgar Lungu attends the inauguration day of the Agriculture and Commercial fair on August 5, 2017 in Lusaka. - Lungu invoked emergency powers last month, increasing police powers of arrest and detention, and blaming opposition parties for a string of arson attacks. (Photo by SALIM DAWOOD / AFP) (Photo by SALIM DAWOOD/AFP via Getty Images)

Zambian former President Edgar Lungu says he is practically under house arrest, accusing the police of a plot to forcefully detain him for no reason. 

Mr. Lungu said police were mobilising to arrest him at night from his residence in the capital, Lusaka. 

This came few days after the former leader was quoted as saying that there could be a change of government in the country before the twenty-twenty-six general elections in the country. 

Local media reports indicate that Police Chief, Graphael Musamba, said Mr. Lungu would be summoned to explain his statement.  

Mr. Lungu announced a comeback to politics last October, prompting the government to withdraw his retirement benefits. 

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