Several guests complained of poor organisation at Tuesday’s state functions to celebrate the inauguration of President Edgar Lungu and Vice President Inonge Wina.
At Heroes Stadium, teargas was fired to keep people away from the main entrance after the stadium was filled up leaving hundreds stranded outside.
Security was tight and people had their water bottles confiscated by uncompromising police officers manning the gates.
Some guests especially the elderly who had walked long distances complained of thirst as no water was offered to them throughout the entire process of the ceremony.
At the state luncheon held at State House, the situation was even worse as a number of guests with valid invitation cards were turned away at the gate after the venue was full.
A number of dignitaries were heard complaining outside the gate after they were refused entry into State House.
Former Vice President Enoch Kavindele had to call State House Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda to help facilitate his entry into State House.
A number of elderly citizen were pushed and shoved around in the queue by overpowering PF cadres and ended up leaving in frustration.
State House security said they were only allowed to admit 2,000 guests for the luncheon but that the number of people turning up with invitation cards surpassed that number.
A lot of guests were denied food and drinks as party cadres took over the serving area.
Mr Chanda was heard apologising to a number of guests as he continued trooping to and from the gate to rescue some high profile guests who were stranded at the gate.