Police in Kanyama’s Twashuka ground to prevent
UPND from holding a rally on Sunday
Patriotic Front (PF) Deputy Spokesperson Father Frank Bwalya has charged that the Zambia Police is unprofessional for bowing down to political orders to deny the United Party for National Development (UPND) a permit to hold a rally in Kanyama.
Father Bwalya said it is unprofessional for Police to make a stance based on a political statement from a cadre.
“As a party we do not control the police, we do not give them instructions. There is no piece of legislation in this country that gives power to PF to instruct Police on what to do. If some one must have said something to that effect and the police follow it, it’s because themselves are being unprofessional,” Father Bwalya said.
Father Bwalya pointed out that police know that they are not supposed to dance to the tune of any cadre or any politician.
He noted that the police should not do anything to please the republican President who is the commander in chief but they have to do the right thing.
He said PF is not involved as they want every citizen to enjoy their right to assembly and freedom of expression.
Father Bwalya said it is unfortunate to try to stop the UPND from having a rally in Kanyama thinking they will say something which can make PF unpopular when they can do the same on a live radio programme which can cater for a wider audience than a localized rally.
He said Police must make their own statements without being influenced by any one.
The UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema planned to hold the rally in Lusaka’s Kanyama area to address the people on national issues and thank their supporters during the last general elections.
But Lusaka Police Commissioner Nelson Phiri claimed they could not allow the rally to go ahead because the situation in Lusaka is not safe for UPND.
The Commissioner sent riot police officers to surround the Lusaka’s Twashuka ground on Sunday before UPND could convene for a rally.
Armed Police in riot gear made the grounds look like a war zone as early as 06:00 hours.
On Saturday March 25, 2017 Patriotic Front-PF Lusaka Province Youth Chairperson Kennedy Kamba instructed the Zambia Police Service not to issue UPND with a permit for the rally.
In heeding to Kaamba’s directives, Commissioner Phiri denied the opposition a permit citing security reasons.
And UPND Youths have accused the police of being a -PF branch.
National Youth Spokesperson Gilbert Liswaniso said the reasons police gave to deny his party to hold a rally failed to represent reality.
Meanwhile, Eastern Province UPND Chairperson Paul Tholes says the action by police is undemocratic and unfair.
Mr Thole says it is shameful that police are now being used to cartel views from the opposition parties
Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo also yesterday warned the UPND leader Hichilema to conduct himself in a lawful manner and stop masquerading as President of Zambia or face arrest for treason.
Mr Kampyongo who featured on the Patriotic Front Interactive Forum at Chrisma Hotel on Sunday observed that the actions of Mr Hichilema to continuously refute and recognise the democratic election of President Edgar Lungu and forcing people to share this view is treasonable and the law will soon visit him.