Government allows UPND rally in Kabwata, but Police will not be there to keep peace

Government has given the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) the green light to hold its planned rally in Kabwata constituency scheduled for tomorrow.
Home Affairs Minister Edgar Lungu says decision to allow the UPND to go ahead with their planned rally was arrived at following a successful consultative meeting he had with Inspector General of Police Stella Libongani and Lusaka Police Commissioner Joyce Kasosa, respectively.
Mr. Lungu has however stated that police officers will not be present at the rally because of the UPND’s confrontation approach they have taken over the matter.
He said it is the responsibility of the UPND leadership through their Marshalls that they ensure maximum peace before, during and after the rally.
Mr. Lungu said the leadership of the opposition party will be answerable for any violent act that may occur before, during or after their rally, adding that the challenge now lies with the UPND in ensuring that the rally is violent free.