Police in Central province have rejected the application by the opposition Patriotic Front and the United Party for National Development (PF/UPND) pact to stage a peaceful demonstration against the acquittal of former President Frederick Chiluba.
Central Province police commanding officer Simon Mpande said the demonstration, which was scheduled for Friday this week by the two political parties, would not go ahead because the police did not have enough man power to secure the demonstrators.
According to a statement from the two opposition political parties signed by UPND provincial secretary Davy Siamuzulu and PF provincial secretary Mutale Walichupa, the demonstration should have started from Lukanga grounds and end up at the provincial minister’s office.
Mr. Siamuzulu and Mr. Walichupa further said after the demonstration, the pact was going to submit a petition against Dr. Chiluba’s acquittal to the Provincial Minister Ackimson Banda.
The pact is also demanding for the immediate resignation or removal from office of Vice President George Kunda, who is also Justice Minister and Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Chalwe Mchenga because of the alleged mishandling Dr. Chiluba’s acquittal. Yesterday, MMD cadres in Mansa were allowed to match in support of Chiluba’s acquittal.