The opposition UPND have once again been denied permits to hold their rallies in Lusaka’s Chawama and Kanyama Compounds.
Mr Hichilema says the police have come under pressure from PF officials whom he said want to deny his Party an opportunity to deliver their campaign message to the people in the two compounds.
“Once again UPND scheduled rallies in Chawama and Kanyama constituencies in Lusaka for this afternoon and Sunday have been cancelled at the last minute after the Police have come under pressure from PF officials, who are in a clear state of panic as elections draw closer.
“We deeply regret that we will not be able to address the people in Chawama today, or in Kanyama this weekend. During the campaign period political parties have the right to deliver their message and manifesto to the people, and our people have the right to hear those messages. If President Edgar Lungu does not want to campaign or has little to say that is not for UPND to worry about,” he said.
He wondered why the PF are denying them opportunities to deliver their message to the electorates when they claim to have delivered on their promises.
“If the PF feel they have achieved so much during their time in office then why do they feel that they need to resort to such underhand tactics? The PF has seen how the tide is turning in Lusaka Province and their response has been to stop us campaigning at all costs.
“As we have resisted their attempts to intimidate, threaten and even mutilate our supporters they have increasingly resorted to co-opting public institutions, whether it’s ZRA or the Police to deliver partisan objectives. This is unacceptable and the ECZ must quickly condemn such abuse of office,” he said.