Opposition UPND President Hakainde Hichilema says his party will this week be seeing the Zambia Police Command to engage them on the Public Order Act.
Mr Hichilema directed party lawyer Jack Mwiimbu to prepare all the rejected notifications to hold meetings as the party engages the police on the controversial Act saying we need to go with those documents to show the police that we are law abiding citizens.
He said there is need for the police to stop curtailing their movements and meetings because this is an election year and the party needs to mobilise itself and ensure that the party leadership meets it general membership countrywide.
“We will this week be engaging the Zambia Police top command with a view to iron out the sticking points of misunderstandings regarding the application of the Public Order Act. As far as we are concerned, we don’t see any issue with us going ahead with our party mobilisation meetings anywhere in the country,” he said.
He added “We believe it is purely a case of abuse of office by those in leadership who want to curtail our freedom of movement and the association of law abiding citizens. We hope to sit with the police command this week and thereafter plan to immediately hit the ground running.”
He further said the party will also engage other stakeholders such as the ECZ over concerns the party has received from members across the country.