The United Party for National Development has vowed to go ahead with countrywide constitution protests this week with or without Police permission.
The opposition UPND is seeking a permit from the police to hold a public procession from their secretariat to State House to put pressure on government to use the referendum as a mode of adopting the new Constitution.
Protests organizing team Spokesperson Chisankama Mudenda has said that the party yesterday applied for a Police permit with the view of being allowed to protest this Friday, 15th May.
Mr. Mudenda who is also UPND Lubwa Ward Youth Chairperson told Qfm News that to this effect his party has engaged private security companies to handle security issues during the protests.
He said that the party is determined to protest with or without a Police permit being granted because it finds government’s plan to table non contentious clauses of the final draft constitution when Parliament resumes sitting unacceptable.
And Lusaka Province Police Commissioner Charity Katanga confirmed that the UPND has applied for a permit for a procession to State House.
Ms. Katanga said that the police is still studying the matter and is yet to get back to the UPND leadership.
And Chief Government spokesperson, Chishimba Kambwili has urged UPND to abandon the plan to demonstrate saying it will not yield any result. Mr Kambwili said that it was not possible to hold a referendum before the 2016 general elections due to financial constraints.
Mr. Kambwili said that people calling for a referendum should be realistic because the country has serious pressing needs.
Mr. Kambwili was speaking to ZNBC news in a telephone interview on today.
He said the government has competing social needs and cannot divert money to holding a referendum.