East police cancel NDC rally, says from official records, Kambwili is NOT the leader of the party
“Police have encouraged the NDC to resolve its leadership wrangles so that a permit could be issued to the right entity”
Police in Eastern province have cancelled an NDC rally.
Earlier the Police had granted permission for the rally for the opposition party with a permit saying they did not know at the time of issuance that purported leader, Chishimba Kambwili would be one of the speakers.
Chipata deputy commanding officer, only identified as Chilekwa, told the NDC leadership that went to prepare Mpezeni Park that the rally had been cancelled as Kambwili is not the official leader.
The officer said the police were not informed that Kambwili would be one of the speakers at the rally when they authorised it.
The Police encouraged the NDC to sort out its national leadership before such speakers could be allowed to hold meetings.
And later, the NDC leadership led by Menyani Zulu and Lombani Musichili went to seek clarity from Eastern Province police commissioner Luckson Sakala who confirmed that the police command had cancelled the rally.
The commissioner said the rally could only go ahead if the Provincial or local leadership addressed the meeting and further if assurances were granted that Kambwili was not among speakers.
Dozens of police officers in riot gear have sealed off Mpezeni Park to ensure that the rally to secure the area.