Hakainde Hichilema

Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has been released from prison and treason charges against him were dropped, his party said shortly before his trial was to begin in Lusaka.

The United Party for National Development said its leader and his five co-accused have been released from prison with the treason charge dropped.

Hichilema has been in custody since April over an incident in which he allegedly failed to give way to President Edgar Lungu’s motorcade.

Lungu narrowly beat Hichilema in last year’s presidential election.