Opposition United Party for National Development says it will go ahead with Saturday’s planned public rally in Chawama Constituency despite the police denying them a permit.
UPND Deputy Secretary General Kuchunga Simusamba said the party had met all the ingredients for a peaceful gathering and had duly complied with the law by notifying the police.
He said the Republican President Michael Sata had directed his ministers to go in the communities to explain the government’s removal of subsidies and no one was interfering with their gatherings.
“We will not take the police’s advice not to proceed with our planned meeting we will defy it and go ahead with our rally,” Simusamba said.
“We responded to the police’s letter and remember we have never been allowed to hold a public rally since the PF took over power except during by-elections. The rally is on and will be addressed by party president Hakainde Hichilema and leaders of the civil society organizations.”
The UPND had written to the police to notify them of the intention to hold a public rally on May 25 but to press for reversal of the removal of fuel and maize subsidies the police denied them citing security reasons.
President Michael Sata’s government has been becoming notorious for denying Zambians the right of assembly.
Since assuming power the right to assembly seems to have been suspended.