The Police in Lusaka has threatened to take action if the United Party for National Development (UPND) goes on with its planned May 26 public rally in Lusaka’s Chawama township.
This follows the announcement by the UPND that it will defy Police’s advice not to go on with rally on Sunday this week.
Lusaka Police Commissioner Joyce Kasosa has maintained that her office made it clear to the UPND in a later of reply to its May 16 letter of notice, that despite the UPND indicating plans to provide its own security personnel to man the rally, the Police still held reservations of a few other security concerns.
Ms. Kasosa has told Qfm in an interview that if the UPND however ignores the advice given to it prior to holding the public rally, the Police will have no choice but to take prompt action against the UPND.
Ms. Kasosa further notes that if the UPND was not impressed with advice the Police gave, it should have written to the police again as opposed to defying a clear advice that was given in the interest of maintaining order as the Police is restrained from keeping a presence at the day of the said rally.
In a letter dated 16th May 2013 addressed to Lusaka Police Commissioner, the UPND indicated that it would hold a public meeting that will be addressed by party president Hakainde Hichilema, civil society organizations, trade unions, market associations, and student bodies.
At the rally that was scheduled to start from about 09:00 hours to 17:00 hours, the UPND intended to provide 200 marshals to compliment the police security.