Lungu maintains that there is nothing wrong with denying UPND Police Permit

Home Affairs Minister Edgar Lungu

Home Affairs Minister Edgar Lungu

Home Affairs Minister, Edgar Lungu, has reiterated government’s duty to ensure law and order is maintained in the country.

Lungu has noted that he does not see anything wrong with the Zambia Police Service restraining the United Party for National Development (UPND) if they have reasons to do so.

He was reacting to allegations by the UPND leader, Hakainde Hichilema, who complained that it is the eleventh time that his party is being denied a police permit to hold rallies.

Lungu was speaking in an interview with ZANIS at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport this morning shortly before President Michael Sata left for Ethiopia.

He explained that Hichilema should understand that each case has to be different, adding that the current one had too many disadvantages.

Lungu also noted that the UPND leader was invited by the Police Service, saying he should have launched a complaint from there.

He observed that opposition political parties should be working with the government of the day instead of perpetrating anarchy in the country all the time.

Yesterday, Hichilema was reported in the Zambian Media as having said this was the eleventh time that his party was being denied a police permit since the PF government came into power.