HRC condems police as SACCORD tells off Lusaka police chief

The Human Rights Commission has condemned the move by the police to stop the United Party for National Development (UPND) youths from holding a peaceful demonstration to push for the stepping down of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mutembo Nchito.

And the Southern African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD) has advised Lusaka province commissioner of police Charity Katanga not to be too excited and take Lusaka as her home village.

Commission’s Public relations manager Samuel Kansakha notes that the commission has since learnt that one of the UPND youths has been badly INJURED IN the fracas that the involved THE ZAMBIA Police.

Mr. Kansakha notes it was also wrong for the police to have attacked journalists who were merely doing their job.

He has since questioned why the police decided to use force on the youths who were unarmed.

Mr. Kasankha has told QFM news that the act by the police to stop the UPND youths from holding a peaceful demonstration is an impediment of their democratic right to express their views on governance issues.

Mr. Kasankha notes that citizens have a constitutional right to hold peaceful demonstrations and therefore the police should be seen to operate within the confines of the law.

Meanwhile, the Southern African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD) has advised Lusaka province commissioner of police Charity Katanga not to be too excited and take Lusaka as her home village.

SACCORD information officer Obby Chibuluma says it is very unfortunate that Ms. Katanga could openly declare that she has gone on a war path in relation to yesterday’s foiled UPND demonstration.

Mr. Chibuluma says Ms. Katanga should not be emotional when doing her job but should sober up and follow the law.

He notes that the police should always be aware of the fact that there is a constitution governing the country and that human rights must always be respected.

Speaking in an interview with QFM, Mr. Chibuluma says Ms. Katanga’s behavior when stopping the UPND youths from going ahead with their planned demonstration showed that the police service is so excited and lacks professionalism.

He has since called on the Inspector General of Police Stella Libongani to take a responsibility of disciplining erring police OFFICERS.

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