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.