TIZ, SACCORD dismayed by PF police

Transparency International Zambia is dismayed at the manner the Zambia Police Service and the Patriotic Front government have handled the UPND rally which was scheduled for Kanyama Compound on Sunday.


TIZ chapter president Reuben Lifuka says in a statement that the heavy handed action of the police should be a source of concern for all Zambians who treasure democracy and anticipate fundamental features of democracy such as freedom of expression and association.

Mr. Lifuka has therefore warned the PF government that such action which border on unbridled and unprecedented in tolerance of divergent views is unnecessarily creating divisions in the country.

He says the continued use of brutal force by the police is not a solution to the many political problems currently being faced in the country.

Mr. Lifuka says the PF as a party in power should exercise leadership which requires restraint even in the face of provocation.

He has therefore called for peace on the political platform stating that all political leaders must commit to peace as this is the only way to enhance the country’s democracy.

The TIZ president has also advised the PF government to take criticisms as learning points.

Mr. Lifuka has since called on justice minister Wynter Kabimba and his Home Affairs counterpart Edgar Lungu to act urgently and work towards creating a peaceful environment before the country witness abominable actions.

and The Southern African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD) says the Police action to stop a UPND rally in Lusaka’s Kanyama on Sunday is unfortunate and uncalled for.

SACCORD Executive director Oscar Tembo says Police should respect the constitution rights of the Zambian people.

Mr Tembo says Zambians should be allowed to enjoy the right to freedom of assembly as guaranteed in the Bill of rights.

He says it is unfair for the Police to have treated the United Party for National Development (UPND) in such a manner.

Mr Tembo says police are expected to protect the human rights of citizens and not violate the same rights.

Mr Tembo was speaking to Qfm News.

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