INSPECTOR General of Police Kakoma Kanganja says police acted within the law in dispersing a meeting convened by MMD president Nevers Mumba in Lundazi on Friday.
Mr Kanganja said in an interview yesterday that Dr Mumba did not inform the police of his meeting in Lundazi, a situation he said is against the Public Order Act.
“At my swearing in ceremony, President Lungu directed me to administer the Public Order Act fairly and transparently. There was nothing wrong with what the police did by dispersing that meeting held without police notification,” he said.
Mr Kanganja said the police were made to use minimum force to stop the meeting because the conveners refused to leave after they were asked by the law enforcers to do so.
“Minimum force was used to disperse the gathering and two MMD officials were arrested in the process. The two are still in police custody although they were granted bail but it was late,” he said.
Mr Kanganja said the police in executing their duties will not tolerate people who will go against the Public Order Act but will co-operate with those who will abide to protect all Zambians.
He said people should stop preaching violence and instead emulate President Lungu in promoting peace and unity in the country.
MMD party spokesperson Raphael Nakachinda said there was no justification for the way police acted on Friday because the meeting did not require a permit.
“That meeting did not require a permit because it was a peaceful indoor meeting. The police need to be professional in their conduct,” Mr Nakachinda said.
On Friday, the police reportedly tear-gassed an MMD party meeting in Lundazi in Eastern Province that was being addressed by it Dr Mumba.