Police gives in allows UPND to hold rally in Kabwata

The Zambia Police in Lusaka has rescinded its decision and allowed the opposition UPND to hold their rally in Kabwata constituency in the Zambian capital on Sunday, January 27.

Party Deputy Secretary General Kuchunga Simusamba announced Friday  25th January 2013 that after consultations the two parties have agreed. He said the police has allowed the rally and urged members to turn up for the rally.

Simusamba said he was happy that the police have finally agreed to follow the law by allowing the rally to proceed.

‘On behalf of the United Party for National Development (UPND), I would like to inform members of the general public that the planned rally in Kabwata will go ahead this Sunday 27th January 2013, starting at 12:00hrs at Kabwata Basic School grounds,” announced Simusamba.

The Police had denied the UPND permit to hold the rally but the party had vowed to go ahead saying they could not take it any longer the infringing of their rights to assembly by the police.

Its leader Hakainde Hichilema said 10 times the Police has blocked his party from holding meetings despite following the laid down procedures.