The Police have refused to give the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) a permit to hold peaceful demonstrations over the Constitution.
The police have given themselves powers to tell citizens when to and what issues to demonstrate against.
Police spokesperson Charity Chanda said the request from the UPND was written on February 27, 2014 through party deputy secretary general Kuchunga Simusamba and addressed to Lusaka Province Police Commissioner, Lemmy Kajoba.
But Chanda directed the UPND to exhaust all avenues of dialogue over the Constitution before opting to hold demonstrations.
The police now are the judges as well.
In the UPND letter, Mr Simusamba wrote to inform the police about the party’s intention to demonstrate at Parliament buildings on the March 5, 2014 between 12:00 hours and 17:00 hours to push Government to release the draft Constitution.
Ms Chanda also directed the opposition party to heed Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini’s advice to use dialogue as the means to resolve issues surrounding the Constitution.
“Yes, we wrote to them (UPND) on Friday. There were some concerns we rose which we wanted them to work on before getting back to us,” Ms Chanda said.
When contacted for comment, UPND secretary general Winston Chibwe said he had not seen the police response yet as he was not at the secretariat.
Mr Chibwe said his party would use other means to demand for the release of the draft Constitution.