Police summon Laura over fire tender protests

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Police in Lusaka have summoned  Alliance for Community Action executive director Laura Miti to force headquarters before 12:00 hrs today.

The police late yesterday warned of serious action if ACA and others defy advice not to stage a peaceful protest outside Parliament in Lusaka today.

The Alliance for Community Action, together with other civil society organizations and individuals such as musician Chama Fumba, aka, Pilato, have organised protests against the government’s corruption to coincide with today’s presentation of the 2018 national budget.
According to police, PF cadres were also planning to stage a ‘peaceful’ solidarity march in support of the finance minister at Parliament today, but the command says both protests cannot be allowed.

Earlier after notifying police of their intention, the Lusaka command advised them not to proceed with the protest. But the group insisted that with or without police consent, the protests would go ahead today.
Zambia Police spokesperson Esther Katongo today phoned Miti and demanded that she reports to force headquarters, according to ACA staff.

This was after police delivered a letter to the ACA, advising them against going ahead with the protest.

“We would like to inform you that we were willing to facilitate your planned demonstration, unfortunately, police officers who were expected to provide security coverage during your activity will be very occupied with other national duties and arising from this, you are advised not to proceed with your demonstration,” stated deputy Commissioner of Police Geoffrey Kunda. “However, you are encouraged to come up with an alternative date convenient to you other than [29]th September, 2017 and then notify the police accordingly for consideration.”

But Miti has told the police that it was too late for them to cancel the demonstration because it was planned to coincide with the budget presentation.

“We write to acknowledge your letter ref:ZPLD/67/2/2 dated 26th September but delivered to us at 08:30hrs today, Friday, 29th September, 2017. Your letter responds to our notice for a peaceful demonstration at Parliament delivered to you on Wednesday 20th September. We note that you erroneously state that we applied to hold a demonstration on the 20th September. The date for the demonstration is 29th September which is today, in a few hours,” stated Miti. “We write to inform you that it will be impossible to change the date of our demonstration as it was strategically chosen to coincide with the tabling of the budget in parliament that happens today…the demonstration will therefore proceed. We, however, would like to assure the police that ours will be a peaceful and sober demonstration that should not need too many officers  to facilitate.”

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3 Responses to Police summon Laura over fire tender protests

  1. Police again,why acting in this manner?

    CNN
    September 29, 2017 at 1:10 pm
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  2. My thoughts are that the government is there to serve the people and that which concerns them, if people are not happy about the way their affairs are being run, then it become irrelevant.
    If there is an outcry by the people really the government should get concerned.
    The same I can see from the time those fire engines were bought, complaints haven’t ceased they say they were bought at exorbitant price compared to what the poor Zambian government can afford.
    My observation has been that Zambians don’t have value for money and how they spend it.
    What Zambians are saying is that we don’t need those expensive fire engines , use that money were It matters most eg hospitals etc.

    nshilimubemba
    September 29, 2017 at 1:18 pm
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  3. With some pipo govt has bn their enemy as long as they are nt in power. U min everythng govt does is never ok? Plz we cant all be ruling parties its one a convenient tm, jst be patient nd we shall see hw better u wl do thngs!

    truthpains
    September 29, 2017 at 5:45 pm
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