President Michael Sata has directed the deployment of hundreds of armed and unarmed Police Officers at Parliament ahead of parliamentary session at 14 hours Zambian time this afternoon.President Sata has also directed the deployment of several intelligence officers. Police officers totaling more than 300 are already at Parliament.
The government expects a heated debate in parliament as opposition Members of Parliament demand a road map on the enactment of the new constitution. The deployment of Police officers is also in anticipation of possible storming of the parliament buildings by University of Zambia students who have threatened to storm parliament if ruling patriotic front cadres led by Lusaka Province Youth Chairman Kennedy Kamba storm parliament. A Senior Police Officer spoken to who declined to be named said the Inspector General Of Police Stella Libongani has directed that Lusaka Province Police Commissioner Lemmy Kajoba personally take charge of command.
“Our deployment is in anticipation of serious differences over debate on constitution as you aware there was anarchy last week. We may total five hundred all together minus our friends from the intelligence” the source said.
This Afternoon, the executive led by ceremonial Vice President Guy Scot who has just come from testifying in the Sylvia Masebo tribunal and the opposition will be meeting to chat the way forward in coming up with a road map on constitution enactment.
Last week opposition MP’s disrupted parliamentary proceeding twice calling for a road map on constitution making. This prompted the PF through its Lusaka Province Youth Chairperson to threaten storming parliament chambers if the opposition continue with their demands. Some University of Zambia students last night also threatened that they will storm parliament if the PF cadres are allowed to go any where near parliament.
Meanwhile, there are reports that PF Secretary General Wynter Kabimba over the weekend met two Vice President’s of Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) to discuss the impasse on the constitution making process. A Source said Kabimba met Dr. Michael Kaingu who is MMD’s Vice President Political and Dr. Brian Chitubo who is Vice President Administration. When contacted for a comment, Dr. Kaingu could neither deny nor confirm the reports.
Kabimba is panicking and last week had to pay some UPND MPs to ratify judges.