26 January 2013

Zambia: 'UPND Up to No Good'

THE Patriotic Front (PF) in Kabwata Constituency has accused opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) of insisting to hold a political rally in the area to initiate campaigns in case of a parliamentary by-election.

Confrontation is looming between the police and UPND as the opposition party says it would defy advice not to hold a rally tomorrow.

Police in Lusaka have not approved a notice from the UPND to hold a rally in Kabwata, alleging that the opposition party could not be trusted to hold a peaceful gathering.

PF Kabwata constituency chairperson David Silubanje said in a statement yesterday that the party was aware that the insistence by UPND to hold the rally was based on support to some PF sympathisers of the UPND.

Mr Silubanje said people in Kabwata were not interested in political rallies but were instead focused on ensuring that development programmes were allowed to progress.

He said the PF in the constituency would not engage in violence but would cooperate with the police to maintain law and order.

The Southern African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD) has warned that tension between the police and opposition would continue if the parties are repeatedly denied to enjoy their rights.

SACCORD information officer Obbie Chibuluma said the police had on several occasions been denying not only the UPND, but the MMD as well their freedom to assemble.

National Restoration Party leader Cosmo Mumba called for the arrest of UPND leaders such as the party's deputy spokesperson Cornelius Mweetwa whom he said was inciting the public to engage in violence.

He said Zambia was a peaceful country and that all those advocating violence should be arrested and prosecuted.

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