East police deny UPND protest permit
by Abawelo Zulu
24th June 2017
POLICE in Eastern Province have advised the UPND in Chipata, Katete and Sinda not to go ahead with the planned peaceful demonstrations against what they termed unjustified incerceration of party leader Hakainde Hichilema and the suspension of 48 members of parliament because doing so will lead to contempt of court.
According to the request letters written last week, the UPND indicated that it wanted to hold the peaceful demonstration today, Saturday, June 23.
We are confident this request would be treated with the kindness and urgency it deserves as enough time has been accorded to you,
read the UPND request letter in part.
But in response, police advised that the demonstrations should not go ahead because doing so would amount to contempt of court in line with section 116(d) of the Penal Code chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.
Police on the Copperbelt have stopped similar demonstrations, but the UPND insists it will go ahead as planned.
However, Copperbelt police commissioner Charity Katanga warned the UPND youths that police would “meet them” should they not heed her advice.