LUSAKA police commissioner Charity Katanga has said United Party for National Development (UPND) President Hakainde Hichilema breached the Public Order Act and a docket was opened hence he was requested through his lawyers to write a letter of undertaking.
A letter of under taking is a pledge or promise to the police to admit that a wrong was committed and that next time the law shall be followed.
Last week Mr Hichilema during his door to door visits went to Kamwala market where it is alleged that a fracas ensured between UPND and PF cadres.
Mr Hichilema yesterday was interviewed by Kabwata police officer for over an hour.
Hichilema’s lawyer Jack Mwiimbu who is also UPND Monze Central Member of Parliament (MP) told journalists after the interview that they had a cordial discussion with the police and had resolved the matter.
“We have made headways with the police, we have agreed that from now onwards we will be working with the police to ensure that the POA is operated in accordance with the law of this country,” Mr Mwiimbu said.
He said the police would be informed accordingly on how the party would proceed with meetings and would be notifying police whenever they have a meeting.
Ms Katanga said in a separate interview that Mr Hichilema and his lawyers were instructed to make an undertaking that they would abide by the POA.
“So they have gone back to the office to write the letter of undertaking which would be under the hand of the lawyers, the president and the secretary general of the party and would be submitted here at Kabwata Police by 14:00 today,” Ms Katanga said.
Ms Katanga said there should be a distinction between merely going to the market to buy goods and interacting with the people in a procession as a political party leader.
“There is no need to notify the police if a political party leader is going to the market to buy goods but if he is moving in a procession interacting with the people and politicking then there is need to notify the police because that is as good as campaigning,” she said.
“People should not mock the police that because they are public figures then they should get a permit when going to buy vegetables at market, there is nothing wrong with just visiting a market but if you start politicking there and holding meeting then that is a problem,” she said.
Ms Katanga added that Mr Hichilema was wrong and that a docket was opened for him and police were just waiting for the letter of undertaking of which if not taken to the police, the law enforcers can then move in to arrest Mr Hichilema.