FILE: UPND campaign manager Depak Patel confers with party president Hakainde Hichilema
FILE: UPND campaign manager Depak Patel confers with party president Hakainde Hichilema

UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema this morning failed to appear before Kabwata Police for questioning in connection with alleged breach of the Public Order Act.

Mr Hichilema along with UPND Deputy Secretary General Kuchunga Simusamba was summoned for questioning for alleged breach of the Public Order Act.

This is after Mr Hichilema visited shops and homes in different parts of Lusaka this week.
Mr. Hichilema and Mr Simusamba who were expected to be questioned at Kabwata Police station at 10 Hours did not show up because the summons was not properly served on him.

Several UPND supporters had converged at Kabwata Police Station to offer solidarity to Mr Hichilema.

Lusaka Province Police Commissioner Charity Katanga disclosed that Mr. Hichilema is expected to report to Kabwata Police on Monday next week for questioning.

Meanwhile, Former Minister of Commerce Dipak Patel has applied for a police permit to allow him freely move and mingle around in the country and greet people as a recognisable public figure.

Mr. Patel, who is also former Campaign manager for UPND President Hakainde Hichilema in the January 20th Presidential by-election and a Former Lusaka Central Constituency MP took his letter to Lusaka’s Kabulonga Police Post around midday today.

In his comments after applying for the permit, Dipak encouraged all current and former Members of Parliament and Ministers, formers Presidents, First Ladies and all other public figures like musicians, artists to ensure that they apply for police permits in order for them to meet, greet, talk and mingle with people within the boundaries Zambia, especially if they attract crowds as a requirement under what he called the PF/Zambia Police regime.

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    • …very correct Dipak, I will apply to freely move around the country coz am also a public figure – am a Pastor and a lot of people know me and more especially in Lusaka. I’m popular, I cast out demons and serious sickness including HIV-Aids. I’m very popular and a public figure still.

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    • I just scanned and emailed my application to Libongani for permit for me to greet her and buy kapenta from her cousin. I forgot my picure, I mail it too.

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    • Dipak, that is a classic, but way to deal with dunderheads. And to believe Katanga actually has a law degree despite her bad English is shocking.

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    • Awe naimwe ba Nubian, we all know you’re a stup!d bitter and jealous b!tch but must you insist on proving it all the time?

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    • I am also applying for a permit to walk ‘freely’ in India especially in Mumbai area. I have also applied for another permit to allow me to ‘freely’ engage with my sister in law whilst my brother goes to the golf course to play golf, this should be to allow me as public figure with Canadian citizen to state my case before I burn my shop to claim insurance.

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  1. WARNING!!!

    Any family with more than 5 members should obtain police permits for freedom of assembly otherwise failure to do so everytime you sit to have your meals you will be charged for unlawful assembly and a bleach of the infamous Public order Act! And if you are like me “a public figure” rash to your nearest police post to obtain a police permit to move around meet and greet people or else you will be surmoned!

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  2. Dipak’s move is a classic one. The PF foo.ls must be ashamed of their dictatorial tendencies which they apply under the pretext of the Public Order Act. The stup.id and overzealous Charity Katanga must know that power lies in the people and check her actions. One day she will be called to account for all her brutal actions towards innocent citizens. One day we shall rise and violently remove this regime from power. Please ba PF, don’t dare the people of Zambia. You are playing with fire. What is happening elsewhere can also happen here. Don’t be fooled by the song you always sing “Zambians are peaceful people”. Even a friendly dog can bite if pushed in a corner. This is a timely warning. Already the constitution adoption process is messed up and we are not pleased a bit. ANGRY PEOPLE…

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  3. Good move Patel. Every MP, president of a katemba party and Lungu should be required to apply for permit for them to move around. Pastors, bishops, apostles and prophets should also be required to apply under this stupid PF rule

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  4. I support his move not to show up to these mad guys. Who said people need passes to go to markets or to visit their friends? It shows how viruses corrupt and affect people’s heads

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  5. Don’t mis interprete public order act. One section I like about POA is that police give protection and escort in case you get attacked.
    However HH doesn’t need police protection because he isn’t a factor anymore. He failed to win an election when Edgar featured as an opposition candidate meanwhile he was on ruling party ticket. Guy and cartel did what they could to see HH hh wins but failed.
    This time Edgar is featuring with the full support of the people and govt and hh will be put where he belong[email protected] under five club.

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  6. Ba Patel nichipuba ngako mwe. Learn to distinguish between politicking and liberties of free citizens. Politicking has the potential to cause chaos because of rivalry, on the other hand as a free citizen visiting my cousins – you and I know what problems may arise. To make such a pronouncement like Mr. Patel’s is being silly and outright childish – and this is a former campaign manager — my foot! VJ must be laughing at this pettiness.

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    • If Sata was ask to get a permit each time he run out of fuel he wouldn’t have been president. Lets be civil not always finding faults in others.

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    • @ Observer: YOU SHOULD HAVE YOUR HEAD EXAMINED, MY DEAR. WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE COUNTRY IS RIDICULOUS TO SAY THE LEAST. IT IS SHAMEFUL. HOW CAN A GOVERNMENT OF REASONABLE AND SENSIBLE PEOPLE SINK SO LOW TO DO WHAT THEY ARE DOING. ONLY INSANE PEOPLE WOULD RESORT TO SUCH PRIMITIVE, SENSELESS AND DESPERATE ACTS.
      ZAMBIA IS A DEMOCRACY WHERE PEOPLE ARE AT LIBERTY TO MOVE FREELY AND NTERACT FREELY WITH OTHER PEOPLE.
      MAY BE WE ARE A COLONY OF MALAWI.

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  7. The ones misinterpreting and misunderstanding this POA are the police. The whole issue of the POA is selectively applied. I would equally ignore the summon such nonsense. In any case I have respect and admiration for people who see it differently from what I see with the POA

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  8. BEING CONFRONTATIONAL WITH THE LAW WILL NOT WIN HH VOTES.IF HH WANTS TO GAIN POPULARITY LET HIM TOUCH ON THE FUEL PRICE HIKES,THE USELESS WITHOLDING TAX ON RENT AND MANY OTHER FAILIURES OF THE GOVERMENT.FIGHTING THE LAW WILL JUST END HIM UP IN JAIL AND HE WILL NOT HAVE TIME TO CAMPAIGN NEXT YEAR.PIPO WANT FOOD ON THE TABLE WHICH THE PF GOVERMENT CHEATED THAT IT WILL GIVE ONCE VOTED INTO POWER,NOT CONFRONTATIONS WITH POLICE.

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  9. Dipak you are broke ufuna podyela yakunyonkola njala. Chiluba’s Useful *****. Times have changed Mr. Dipak Fimofimo you once supported a fight for a just cause but it is no longer so. Zambians are mature now not to allow foreigners like space in our politics, look at Guy Scott he tried to mess with an indigenous Zambian Lungu see where it got him. You can apply as many times as possible the fact should stick into your head never ever are you going to be in leadership again. Bemba have squeezed your balls mambala.

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  10. Patel has a foreigner yes he needs chitupa so that he is checked wherever he goes in case he brings Indianosis a disease similar to Ebola

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  11. I cannot believe the police can be this naive. The guy was walking in compounds so that he can learn what people are going through and get first hand picture on issues. I support any leader that will have time to do so. This is not like having a public political rally. I have previously accused HH of being detached from the impoverished and really I think he is learning from people’s advice and he should be encouraged. I am sure next time, he wont be calling them ba kaponya anymore.

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  12. On a genuine note, I wonder whether the likes of Nawakwi who is also political figure obtain those permits in certain gatherings I used to see her condemning Lungu’s visits abroad. May be its being applied selectively depending on one’s political potential. Or probably she is a non factor. Just wondering.

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  13. I am glad I am not a public figure hence I do not use public toilets and public pay phones

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  14. It seems this PF government hasnt got any better business to do for this country. There are more pressing issues this country is going through than wasting power on one person like HH who is freely moving without causing any harm as compared to those PF cadres with their machetes.

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  15. The public order act stipulates what? If it has a code of ethic, hen let the PF, MMD, UPND and FDD follow it. Problem here is that UPND are bitter as he’ll and the PF are too thuggish. Reason I tell you always :

    Viva President Nawakwi.

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  16. Dipak that is being illogical you are not a crowd puller. Garry you should not also copy foolish ideas like Dipaks engage the police and the minister in a wise discourse not this it wont take you anywhere. Be wise please some of you were mps just shows why this country is so backwards.Shame.

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  17. You know a country has “Gone to the Hound’s” when You have silly idi*tic laws like the backward Public Order Act!!

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  18. So freedom of movement is only accorded to the PF? they are like bees flying and driving all around the country. This must stop all Zambians are free and the more they harras HH the more popular he becomes.

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  19. Hakainde should apply for a permit as he reports to the police on monday. He surely is likely to cause disorder as he will attract a crowd.

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  20. Kwena eeee!!!! Where are we going in Zambia?Even though you are calling someone ati ‘Kachema’,one day you will appreciate what the same kachema is going to do to our beloved kantili Zanbya

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