The Zambia Police has cleared the UPND to go ahead and hold a rally scheduled for Sunday October 22nd 2017 at Twashuka grounds in Kanyama Township in Lusaka.
According to the statement by the party spokesperson Charles Kakoma, the rally to be addressed by party president Hakainde Hichilema, vice-president Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba and other senior party leaders will address many national issues including thanking the many Zambians that voted for the UPND during the 2016 General Elections.
Mr Kakoma also noted that this was the first time that the Police did not object to the party’s notification to hold the rally.
“This is the first time since the general elections that the police have not objected to a UPND notification to hold a rally. We appeal to all Zambians and Lusaka residents in particular to turn up in large numbers at Twashuka grounds on Sunday without any fear.”
Mr Kakoma pledged that the party would remain peaceful during the rally.
“We would like to appeal the Police to deal firmly with any Patriotic Front cadres that might want to interfere with the rally. As a party we pledge to remain peaceful during and after the rally and we hope the police will co-operate with our marshals in maintaining order,” read the statement.
Meanwhile, UNPD President Hakainde Hichilema has disclosed that while featuring on Sun FM Radio in Ndola yesterday, hundreds of police were sent to the station and attempted to surround the radio station and intimidate the media.
In a statement made available to media, Mr. Hichilema said that when he featured on Radio Macha in Southern province, police were again deployed and attempted to surround the radio station and now that he has been informed that the station’s transmitter has been forcefully gotten by the State, basically closing the radio station and depriving the public of information.
He said that he understood that Prime Television was still being intimidated by the State.
The UPND Leader said that he will stand and defend the media and independent voices; therefore, anyone who does not believe in press freedom must be forewarned.
Mr Hichilema stated that that when he forms government, he will not close the Media because of the challenges they could be facing, instead, he will empower the media by opening up airwaves, creating a conducive business environment in order for them to raise revenue for both their employees and tax obligations.
Mr. Hichilema said that he he will not close any media house because doing so will mean closing a source of employment and the country’s much needed revenue in form of taxes.