A Lusaka based high court judge says the police abused its powers and acted illegally and unconstitutionally when it blocked citizens who were protesting against the government
‘s buying of fire tenders at one million US dollars each.
The High court has therefore ordered the government to compensate Patriots for Economic Progress president Sean Tembo K50, 000 plus interest.
The court further ordered the government to pay the legal costs Tembo and his colleagues incurred. The total amount due to Tembo May well be above K250, 000 if he plays his cards well.
PeP leader Sean Tembo had sued the Zambia Police through the Attorney General in the High Court for preventing PeP members from continuing with their scheduled protests against the purchase of 42 fire tenders at $42 million.
Tembo represented himself throughout this case against the police while the police were represented by attorney general Likando Kalaluka.
It’s a shame that the attorney general himself, the government legal advisor, can lose a case to a lay person.
The main argument Kalaluka presented in defence of the police is that the protesters were supposed to get permission from the Lusaka City Council to demonstrate. According to Kalaluka, people should get permission from the council before they demonstrate on the public roads since it’s the council that manages the roads. Jesus Christ!!!!