Some youths from the Patriotic Front on Saturday afternoon set up a mini bar outside the Supreme Court grounds in protest against the decision of the Constitutional Court to extend the period in which to hear the presidential petition.
And the UPND has condemned the actions of the PF youths saying it is aimed at intimidating the judiciary.
The youths say they were incensed by the decision of the Concourt and accused the judges of delaying the inauguration of President Elect Edgar Lungu.
The youths threatened to continue camping outside the Supreme Court until Monday when they expect the Concourt to reverse its decision and discontinue the hearing.
They have cooler boxes and were seeing serving beer by motorists and passers-by as they chatted away into the evening on Saturday.
Some of the notable youths in the group include the party’s Youth Chairman for Lusaka Province Kennedy Kamba and controversial former Big Brother Zambia Representative Maxwell Chongu.
But when reached for a comment, PF Secretary General Davies Chama said the youths who are camped outside the Supreme Court grounds are not PF youths.
He however said every Zambia has a right to follow proceedings of court and that the youths gathered outside the Court grounds are exercising their democratic rights.
And UPND Secretary General Stephen Kakuta said the actions of the PF youths is aimed at intimidating the judiciary.
“We have always said it that there is a lot of lawlessness and breakdown of the law and order under Edgar Lungu and the PF Government. The PF leadership has been breaking the law with impunity and they go unpunished while any small accusations by our members, they are arrested and given the harshest punishments such as aggravated robbery offences which are none bailable,” Mr Katuka said.
“Today we are seeing PF thugs freely camping and drinking beer right outside the sacred institutions of judiciary which is also near the Police Service Headquarters with a view to disrupt court proceedings coming up tomorrow, Monday.”
“As far as the PF leadership is concerned, justice must always be in their favour regardless of the legal provisions,” he lamented.
“As at now, President- elect Edgar Lungu has not vacated office, a move against the constitutional provisions when there is a petition in place, but as UPND, we have not gone into the streets to protest.”
He said President Lungu broke the constitution by keeping his ministers in office after the dissolution of Parliament and as UPNP and that the party took a civil route of going to court with the Law Association of Zambia as opposed to the streets and they proved that he was wrong.
“The PF leadership must know that Zambia is bigger than their selfish individual interests of wanting to amass wealth at the expense of the majority of the Zambian people. The actions they are now taking of intimidation and putting pressure on the judiciary and other constitutional office bearers is unacceptable and actually recipe for anarchy in the country.”
Mr Katuka added, “We call on other stakeholders and the international community to pay attention to the recklessness and breakdown of law and order under the PF leadership that is currently going on. We keep appealing for peace and unity in the country, but our patience is being tested beyond limits. The police must immediately act impartially before Zambia descends into an all-out broken country like others that were once peaceful nations but have now degenerated.”