UPND can’t be trusted to hold violence-free events – police

LUSAKA police have denied the UPND a permit to hold its planned rally in Kabwata, saying the opposition political party cannot be trusted to hold a violence-free event.

But UPND deputy secretary general Kuchunga Simusamba said the party would go ahead with the rally because police had no powers to ‘licence’ a meeting.

Lusaka Division police commissioner Joyce Kasosa has informed UPND that their planned rally in Kabwata would not take place.

Kasosa stated that police did not trust UPND to hold a violence-free rally due to what happened at Woodlands Police station, where suspected UPND cadres, who escorted UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema, caused commotion, resulting in a police officer being assaulted.

But Simusamba accused Kasosa of condoning lawlessness by disregarding the Supreme Court ruling in a case involving Christine Mulundika and others against the state.

He said it was clear under the PF government that opposition parties would not be allowed to meet freely.