Police warns ZCTU against demos

The Zambia Police service says it is concerned with the statement issued by the Zambia Congress of Trade Unions-ZCTU-that they are going to hold country-wide demonstrations.

Police Public Relations Officer Charity Chanda said the police are only in receipt of a notification from ZCTU tendered in by the Secretary General Roy Mwaba to hold a consultative meeting on Wednesday, 30th October 2013 at Nakatindi Hall in Lusaka following an earlier meeting which took place on 25th October, 2013, which was equally reported to the police.

Mrs. Chanda said the go ahead was given based on their intention to hold the consultative meeting only, but they have ended up misrepresenting the contents of the notification.

She told Hot FM news in a statement that due to the misrepresentation of facts and security issues arising out of this, the police have advised the ZCTU to reschedule their meeting to a date which will be agreed upon.

Mrs. Chanda has since warned those planning to hold or attend the country-wide demonstrations that they will be breaching the law as they will have not adhered to the provisions of the Public Order Act.
And Mrs. Chanda said police in all the provinces will be on high alert to deal with those breaching the law.

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