Public Order Act under test as UPND applies for Chawama rally 26th May

The United Party for National Development (UPND) have notified the Zambia police of their intention to hold a rally in Lusaka’s Chawama compound on Sunday 26th May 2013.

In a letter dated 16th May 2013 addressed to Lusaka Police Commissioner and received by a Constable Nundwe on the same day, the opposition party say they will hold a public meeting that will be addressed by party president Hakainde Hichilema, civil society organisations, trade unions, market associations, and student bodies.

UPND deputy secretary General Kuchunga Simusamba who wrote the letter says the meeting will start from 09:00 hours to 17:00 hours and the party will provide 200 marshals to compliment the police.

It is so far not clear how the police will respond after similar requests in the past have been denied.

The recent US Human Rights reports has so far cited several cases of abuses by the PF government in the area of freedom of assembly and associations using the archaic Public Order Act.

Opposition parties even reported the Zambian government to the Commonwealth Secretariat for limiting their freedoms.

This application will therefore put to test how far the dictatorial PF regime has repented in this area.

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