London, Lusaka demonstrations against Sata on

The United Party for National Development (UPND) says it will defy the Zambia Police warning against holding a peaceful demonstration to demand the resignation of Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mutembo Nchito.

Speaking in an interview with Q-FM news, party spokesperson Charles Kakoma said for as long as Mr. Nchito is still occupying the office of DPP, the planned peaceful demonstration will go ahead.

Kakoma points out that in democratic dispensation like Zambia, people have freedom of assembly and that no one should infringe upon this constitutional right.
And in London where president Michael Sata is, Zimbabweans are preparing to protest and hand him a sweeping broom to remind him of what was employed to do when he was in the 1950s.

“Ever since he came to power President Sata has really been Mugabe’s lapdog and every time he speaks about zimbabwe you just want to cringe,” Vigil coordinator Dumi Tutani told SW Radio Africa on Tuesday.

Tutani said the demonstration will be held outside the Zambian High Commission Wednesday afternoon from 1 to 2 PM. They plan to hand over a broom to a representative of the Zambian President, as a reminder of what he used to do.

“President Sata used to be a sweeper at Victoria Station here in London and this is reminder that he needs to clean out his mouth when he speaks about Zimbabwe,” the activist said.

According to Tutani, Sata was heard chanting the familiar “Pamberi ne ZANU PF”, (meaning forward with ZPF) at the just ended meeting of SADC Heads of State in Luanda, Angola. This is not the first time he has publicly supported Mugabe’s party.

Sata once drew strong criticism from Zim civic groups and ordinary citizens when he commented that no reforms were needed in Zimbabwe ahead of elections expected in the country.

“He came to power democratically but he wants to deny Zimbabweans the right to choose their own president in a democratic manner,” Tutani explained.

He added that all peace loving people who support democracy are welcome to come to the Zambian Embassy and join in the demonstration on Wednesday. The Vigil group have been demonstrating outside the Zimbabwe embassy every Saturday afternoon for nearly ten years, bringing attention to the human rights abuses of the Mugabe regime.

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