The Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has added its voice to those who have condemned the Zambia Police Service for stopping the United Party for National Development (UPND) from going ahead with a rally in Kanyama on Sunday despite having obtained a court order.
ZCTU president Leonard Hikaumba has told a media briefing in Lusaka today that the action by the police is a serious act of intolerance and breach of law.
The union leader says ZCTU is also concerned that the Police seem to be violating the fundamental rights of citizens who have a right to freedom of assembly and movement.
On Sunday, the Zambia police service sealed off the venue that was set for the UPND political rally a situation that made it impossible for the opposition political party to go ahead with their planned gathering.
Meanwhile, Mr. Hikaumba says ZCTU is concerned that ZESCO in its proposal for tariff hikes has not included the mining industry.
Mr. Hikaumba has observed that failure to increase tariffs for the mining industry would cause the burden of energy costs to be pushed on the domestic consumers.
He has also called on the government to ensure that the Energy Regulation Board of directors is put in place. Mr. Hikaumba says this will help enhance cooperate governance at the energy regulatory institution.
Mr. Hikaumba has also condemned the bus fare hikes noting that reasons being given by the bus operators that they want to implement the minimum wage are not justifiable.
The ZCTU president has questioned why bus operators did not adjust downwards the bus fares when the pump prices of fuel were reduced.