The Lusaka Province Police command has called for dialogue with the leadership of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) regarding the political party’s planned peaceful demonstration next weekend.
Lusaka Province Police Commissioner Solomon Jere stated that the planned peaceful demonstration by the MMD youth is contrary to public interest.
Dr. Jere told ZANIS that the police were always ready for dialogue with any aggrieved party.
He reminded the MMD youths that their party was once in power and should know the right channel to follow when it is not happy with whatever national matter prevailing in the country.
He challenged the MMD youths to produce reasonable objectives for their peaceful planned demonstration.
Dr. Jere wondered why the MMD youths are planning to demonstrate against President Michael Sata’s continued appointment of Members of Parliament from the former ruling party to serve in ministerial positions.
He said the MMD youths should be demonstrating against their Members of Parliament who have failed to comply with their party policy.
Dr. Jere has meanwhile explained that his office has not received any formal letter from the MMD applying for a permit to hold a peaceful demonstration.
He therefore warned that police will not condone any acts that would cause public disorder.
He however reiterated that his office was ready to engage the MMD to chat the way forward and has called on the youths to desist from trying to create unnecessary problems.
The MMD youths in Lusaka are planning to hold a peaceful demonstration on August 5, 2012 with or without a police permit over President Sata’s appointment of MMD MPs to deputy ministerial positions.