6 December 2006

Zambia: Resign, Levy Tells Solicitor General

PRESIDENT Mwanawasa has asked Solicitor General, Sunday Nkonde, to resign for overruling the Zambia Police Service's decision to deny Patriotic Front leader Michael Sata permits to hold rallies in Lusaka.

Mr Mwanawasa has also directed police never to issue Mr Sata with a permit to hold rallies if they were apprehensive that such gatherings were aimed at inciting Zambian people to rise against Government and cause political mayhem.

Addressing a rally at Libonda Basic School in Kalabo district to drum up support for the MMD's Liuwa parliamentary candidate Hastings Lubinda yesterday, Mr Mwanawasa said it was unfortunate that Mr Nkonde made the decision without consulting the police.

"Despite the police being right over this issue, Mr Nkonde overruled them publicly. If Mr Nkonde wants the game of politics we will meet him in the political arena and I ask him to resign," said Mr Mwanawasa.

He said any person aggrieved by the police's decision should appeal to the ministry of Home Affairs and not the Solicitor General and that if the decision by the ministry was not fair, the aggrieved was free to appeal to the courts of law.

"I am directing the police not to give Mr Sata permits, anymore when there are apprehensive, that such gathering will be a danger to public security. If he is aggrieved with the directive let him meet me in court, "he said.

He said it appeared that Mr Sata had not accepted defeat in the September 28, elections and still thought that there would be elections before the end of five years.

"Let me state here that Zambia only elected one President and that is me and my Government. Now if Mr Sata is going to incite Zambians to rise against Government, that is not lawful. I warn him that he will not run a parallel Government".

"If he continues to claim that he is a deserving President, I will show him what I am made of," he said.

Mr Mwanawasa said what Mr Sata had been saying after the September 28 elections was against Government and amounted to a threat to public security.

He asked the people of Liuwa to vote for the MMD candidate Hastings Lubinda Imasiku if development was to be enhanced in the constituency.

Earlier, MMD national secretary, Katele Kalumba said Mr Sata would not emerge a hero by fueling political mayhem and disorder in the country. Dr Kalumba said the MMD Government was run on the principle of the rule of law and anyone found wanting would not be spared.

The elections will take place tomorrow.

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