Zambia police spokesperson Charity Chanda talks to UPND officials who had refused to take their leader to the second floor of the police headquarters.
FILE: Zambia police spokesperson Charity Chanda talks to UPND officials who had refused to take their leader to the second floor of the police headquarters.

THE Zambia Police Service has dismissed claims by United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema that it has stopped the opposition political party from holding thanks-giving rallies.

Police spokesperson Charity Chanda said in an interview yesterday that the opposition political party has not notified respective commissioners of police of its intentions to hold thanks-giving rallies countrywide.

Ms Chanda advised Mr Hichilema and other political leaders to stop misleading the public that the Police Service has denied them permits to hold thanks-giving rallies.

She advised UPND to follow the provisions of the Public Order Act on public processions.
“We have not denied the UPND permits to hold the thanks-giving rallies throughout the country.

“What they have to do is to contact the provincial police commissioners so that they can facilitate the holding of these thanks-giving rallies across the country because the issue of providing them with security should also be looked at,” Ms Chanda said.

Mr Hichilema is quoted in some sections of the media that police have denied him permits to hold rallies countrywide to thank the people for voting for him and his party in the January 20 presidential election.

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    • …. the issue of providing them with security should also be looked at’. Is there a brutal force threatening the UPND, madam police officer? The statement above is packed, looking at the violence perpetuated by the known panga people.

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  1. The Police Force (PF) at their usual games! The only security PF want to give to the opposition is to frustrate them and organise PF thugs to harass the opposition. These are the same people who failed to protect Grayzer Mutapa despite his repeated complaints about being targeted by PF thugs. No good can come out of PF.

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    • Your continued politicisation of Mutapa’s murder is not working for you. Just sell your party’s agenda, that is what will move the people. It is like like shooting at the wrong target but still missing. It is a waste of effort and ammunition. The issue here is about rallies. police permits or notifications and security.

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  2. Thanks-giving! Must be some joke. Who will attend such time-wasting ventures? People have moved-on after the election. You will be just be a BIG BORE!

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  3. Zambia Ninshi ni two man show, first ati ba president bana fenta due to esophagus shrinkage. Chi Nostradamus ati njala lol. HH baby under five namawala ati bani fyenga rally permits. He knows it’s 14 days to acquire one. So who are our better options apart from Nawakwi?

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  4. All over the world, especially in Africa, the ruling party uses the police force as an unwitting Rottweiler to bully the opposition. God bless ZambiaZambia!

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  5. Magande i just ok not that joker who basis his popularity on muvi tv, nigerian fottune tellers and zwd run by nega negans

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  6. Police Has never said the trueth.Give them the permit as he is a Zambian free to move around his own country

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  7. Who is lying UPND or Police. But if the Police is lying how did UPND manage to have a permit for the cancelled Mandevu rally. So they ask for a permit in the hope that it is denied and spread lies out there. So why should sane people do that?

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    • “Advocate”, can you please quote section of POA which says that there is need of Police “permit” to hold political rally?

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    • Hammer
      March 10, 2015
      So HH can Adress to HE ECL in disease and not in health and happiness ! Let us face the truth! When ECL was campaigning HH was busy insulting him! When he won the polls HH called him a thief ( he stole my votes he said)! He never even at anytime in public called him HE Edgar Lungu!!! The issue had become a personal hatred , no longer a political game! yesterday Canicious Banda was mocking HE ECL ‘ s illness. HH never disassociated himself from Canicious Banda’s statements! Now today he is wishing him well, anyone me included listening to this wonders if it is genuine and I am sorry to say that the first thought is that HH is pretending ! He is trying again to use the president’s condition to gain political mileage!

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  8. Only illiterate & primitive bloggers will buy this useless compulsion from Chikatanga!Police have been always against & unfair/injustice to us in UPND & HH.They can not even foresee that HH is the rightful president of Zambia & he will truly rule Zambia! We need a proactive public order act & a police service which is also proactive, civilised & professional in its operations! HH for better Zambia,God is with us in UPND always & he will surely make a way someday!

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    • You preach civilisation yet your comment is full of primitivism. Stop been a hypocrite.

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  9. UPNDs are crying babies. The police gives permit to hold the so called thanksgiving rally in Mtendere but you decide not to hold it. What kind of people are you. You’ll never be taken seriously if you continue like this. You want to thank the people for what? For making you lose to president Edgar Lungu who didn’t have as much money and time as you? Find somethingelse to imwe.

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  10. Some people are blessed from birth, HH is one of those. Take it or leave it. HH is on vacation and he did his investiment when he was a young man at tender age and all he does now is participate fully in politics. This the rest of us should emulate. Politics should never be a source of your daily life, but as just one of those things you enjoy doing and have a partion for. The Cops fear the powers that be and it is the more reason they are busy running up and down looking for execuses. Some I know aree busy insulting the man, but you are just wasting your time, take it or leave it , the man has a birth right to participate in the running of this country, more especially when governance is at stake. Let the cops do rtheir home work properly, HH has to move on, or else you preoccupy him.

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  11. Cry babies, you were given a permit to hold your useless rally in Lusaka but since this could not attract attention from the public you never held your useless rally. But now here you are crying that police has denied you rallies. Very useless you are HH-UPND.

    Please ignore these cry -babies.

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  12. @Truth Hates, one day you will also find yourself in a similar position. You have never been in opposition before. It hell to get attention and a correct answer from the Police or anyone else running the corridors of power related to politics.

    We are trying to do as much as we can as opposition under very stringent measures. For you to label us crying babies, I think its not fair on your part.

    We have been well received by the people. You will see how the tables will turn in 2016.

    God bless you richly

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  13. Just do what is right Imwe Ba UPND , follow process and procedure, what is so difficult kanshi??? Ala Zambians are waiting to give you chance to lead them, only do away with unnecessary stubbornness and rudeness. You also would like to rule a disciplined nation. Stop the pulling tactics please please. Amapulukutu tayabomba. At least that’s what I know.

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