The Human Rights Commission says it is concerned over the reported police arrest and recording of a warn and caution statement from MMD Lusaka province chairman William Banda and others for alleged unlawful assembly.
And parallel Information received indicate the the PF government is jittery and thinks William Banda and other are trying to incite people to rise on its expiration of 90 days.
Human Rights Commissions spokesperson Samuel Kasankha said in a statement in Lusaka Thursday that the police should explain to the public what it means by unlawful assembly.
He explained that currently people are not obliged by any law to seek a permit or notify the Police about meetings that involve a small number of people like was the case with William Banda.
Kasankha said notifying police on any meetings is only subjected to large gatherings that may later become uncontrollable.
He further urged the police to confine themselves to the law by not conflicting with provisions of the Zambian constitution that guarantees freedom of assembly.
Kasankha further cautioned the Zambia police not to be biased against some sections of society by arresting some individuals who are conducting legitimate assemblies.
The Zambia Police yesterday arrested Mr. William Banda and eight others for allegedly holding an unlawfully assembly inLusaka’s woodlands area.
Rifle-wielding policemen on Wednesday stormed a meeting which was attended by William Banda and others.