Police use teargas to disrupt peaceful UPND rally in Matero

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UPND vice-president for politics Canisius Banda reacts after being teargassed by police

UPND vice-president for politics Canisius Banda reacts after being teargassed by police

Police this afternoon fired teargas canisters to break up a United Party for National Development (UPND) youth rally in Lusaka’s Matero constituency. This is despite the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) holding a similar gathering in Bauleni area without hindrance.

It is not yet clear why the police elected to use force to disperse an otherwise peaceful gathering that was to be addressed by party leader Hakainde Hichilema, his deputy Canisius Banda and former Matero MP Miles Sampa.

UPND vice-president confirmed the incident on his Facebook page in a typically philosophical manner.

“with the awareness of the police, today, in our thousands as concerned youths, we assembled in Matero so that we could confer as citizens. On instruction, the police threw teargas cannisters at us. That is how with tears in our eyes, we left, our hearts heavy. Lord help us!” he wrote. “Let it be remembered that he who denies another freedom endangers his own. We shall not relent. Aluta continua! The struggle continues!”

However, calm later returned and Hichilema and Sampa showed up to address the crowd.

Meanwhile, angry UPND cadres retaliated by ransacking PF constituency offices in Matero following the Zambia police’s move to break up their rally.

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10 Responses to Police use teargas to disrupt peaceful UPND rally in Matero

  1. Police’s lack of professionalism has created serious tension again. PF cadres are ruthless and this act by UPND in Matero could lead to consequences too ghastly to contemplate. Surely the police after cancelling the Kitwe rally and allowing PF to hold a rally in Bauleni should have not disrupted the Matero rally Are there no strategic thinkers in the police or even in PF surely?

    Leadership is a serious matter
    May 8, 2016 at 11:40 pm
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    • At this rate I can see Lungu packing like Ivorian Gbagbo and end up at the hague.

      A revolution delayed only gathers more strength to destroy those against it.

      Wanzelu
      May 9, 2016 at 3:26 am
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  2. The people cannot be cheated any more , if anything , the people, will side with the opposition, stupid idiots PF . Why not allow them to hold the rally in Matero , whereas , you, had one in Bauleni? No one is using their heads in this government for sure.

    Mutale chomba
    May 8, 2016 at 11:47 pm
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  3. Leopards Hill road was full of Pf youths riding on car roof tops..one car almost bushed into me while driving with my kids didnt see no police presence….

    KC
    May 9, 2016 at 3:34 am
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  4. I THINK LUNGU CAN NIVER DO ANYTHING GOOD FOR THE POEPLE OF ZAMBIA THAT IS VERY SELFISH.LORD HELP US.

    TOM NUMBWA
    May 9, 2016 at 4:32 am
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  5. Leaders who want to govern like Lungu busy undermining the constitution by breaking up other peoples meetings are dull and not worth re electing-such tactics are cheap and belong to primitive stone age

    dix
    May 9, 2016 at 6:29 am
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  6. We denounce all of such partiality by police and dictatorial commands by Lungu (failed president). Zambia is for all of us, democratically by choice and not coercion.
    It’s evident and crystal clear that power is eluding President Lungu, hence, in frustrations, acting desperately impromptu. However bitter it is – just accept it that HH is next Republican President of Zambia.

    Memphis Shew
    May 9, 2016 at 7:04 am
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  7. Ba drunkard kuya bebele

    Mwamba Kabiki
    May 9, 2016 at 7:28 am
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  8. Very Sad.Are those clergymen building his House of Prayer unable to counsel him that God hates hypocrisy? Preaching preach but agitating war by unruly youths from Soweto Market?Am at a loss what to make of Lungu..can’t he have a bit of integrity?

    Truth Seeker
    May 9, 2016 at 2:33 pm
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  9. inshiku shikamuteka panshi epo alingile uyu edigar chagwa lungu. psalm 37 :7 to 13 Amen.

    stepin razer
    May 9, 2016 at 4:51 pm
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