President Edgar Lungu has ordered police in both the Copperbelt and Lusaka to cancel the UPND’s last rallies because Lungu will be in both areas.
The UPND is schedule to hold a rally tomorrow at Kitwe’s Freedom Park and a rally in Mtendere township in Lusaka on Wednesday.
According to Lungu’s programme, tomorrow he will be resting at State House after getting tired from a few rallies but the UPND wanted to hold rallies on the Copperbelt to be addressed by UPND President Hakainde Hichilema and his running mate Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba and other leaders.
Lungu is only having his last rallies on the Copperbelt on Wednesday morning and then come to Woodlands stadium for his last rally otherwise dubbed as musical concerts.
But he has ordered the police to cancel the UPND rallies that were already planned in both provinces.
Just last week, police cancelled the UPND rally that was planned in Kaumbwe and Nyimba constituencies in Eastern Province because Lungu was having his rallies in the other corner of the province very far from the two constituencies.
In Lusaka the UPND was scheduled to have a rally in Mtendere while Lungu’s rally is very far away in Woodlands.
Infact, the trend of blocking the entire Province to other leaders when the president is in the area has just happened under the PF of outgoing President Edgar Lungu.
Even as of the January 2015, the PF had their last rally at Woodlands Stadium while the UPND had their last rally at Zingalume in Matero area and there was no problem at all.
But with Lungu as President, the opposition now won’t have their rallies tomorrow on the Copperbelt and on Wednesday in Lusaka as Lungu has denied them permits.