The UPND will go ahead with their rally in Kanyama despite attempts by the police to block the expected mammoth rally, the Watchdog has been informed.
And the UPND will soon write to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Christine Lagarde to point out the human rights abuses, political intolerance, suppression of civil and political rights that the PF has subjected Zambia to. The UPND will be seeking to find out if the IMF supports repressive regimes like the PF with documented evidence of media suppression, state sponsored political violence against the opposition, and extra judicial killings by the police.
The UPND this week is set to hold a rally in Kanyama to thank the people for voting for UPND massively in last year’s disputed election results. Kanyama was one of the constituencies that the PF rigged heavily and stole more than 30, 000 votes from UPND.
The UPND has notified the police as required by the law. But the police have given themselves extra powers to deny the UPND a ‘permit’, something not required in law. The UPND only needs to notify the police.
Lusaka Province Police Commissioner Nelson Phiri in assuming to deny the UPND permission to hold a rally and a peaceful demonstration said the security situation in the city is unstable.