Police ‘stops’ planned demonstration by agro dealers

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Police has advised the Agri Business Association of Zambia not to go ahead with their planned demonstration at parliament grounds claiming that the security situation in the country is not conducive
According to a letter dated 16th September 2019 signed by Deputy Officer Commanding for Lusaka Urban District headquarters, B. Ngwile, the police says allowing the demonstration may lead to break down of law and order.
The police have further asked the applicants to seek other legal avenues to address their concerns.
Recently police turned down a notice to hold a rally by the opposition UPND on grounds that people may riot should the rally be allowed due to high meali meal prices.
The Agro dealers who are members of the Agri Business Association are owed over K400 million by government for farming inputs they distributed for the last three farming seasons.
Failure by government to pay the agro dealers may negatively affect the 2019/20 farming season as this may lead to farmers receiving inputs around February and March like the case was for the past two farming seasons.

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