UPND launch rally stopped

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A lunch rally for the opposition UPND scheduled for Freedom Park this Saturday has been stopped by the police and council.

UPND secretary general Stephen Katuka has confirmed the development in a statement below to Zambian Eye.

Katuka says:

Regrettably the police in Kitwe and the Kitwe city council have advised us that we will not be allowed to hold our rally at Freedom Park on Saturday 14th May, despite giving more than one months notice to the authorities. This is because the ECZ has declared that the official campaign period only begins on 16th May.

This is despite the fact that the PF has held a number of public rallies across the country in recent weeks, from Chipata to Mazabuka. It is clear that the PF have had a free reign from the police in recent months to travel round the country and campaign without obstruction.

Meanwhile, the UPND and fellow opposition parties have had their meetings forcefully and unlawfully disrupted and been prevented from appearing on radio and TV on several occasions. Just earlier this week police stormed Radio Luswepo in Mbala, Muchinga province, to stop a live interview with Matero MP and UDF party leader Miles Sampa.

Moreover, the inconsistency with which the police act from town to town is creating a confusing landscape in which trust and clear understanding of the rules is all but impossible. This is the sort of ambiguity and selective application that creates the conditions for impunity and is mirrored in Government’s own flip-flop approach.

To the police, who are supposed to be impartial and professional in their conduct, we suggest they spend less time obstructing opposition plans and more time tracking down the criminals responsible for the recent rise in violent attacks, including those who brutalised our members on Youth Day just weeks ago.

To the PF, we suggest if they are concerned that the comparison between our rally and theirs will be a great embarrassment for them then perhaps they should look to change their venue to somewhere other than Heroes Stadium.

To our supporters and all well-meaning Zambians, while we regret to announce that our rally has been postponed for now we will advise you of the new details shortly.

Stephen Katuka
UPND Secretary General


6 Responses to UPND launch rally stopped

  1. Delay is not denial the hearts and decsions of people will not change.Its time to say bye to PF.

    Charles chilemo
    May 8, 2016 at 1:12 pm


    Dabwitso Mwamba
    May 8, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    • Yeve izilonga yeka

      Mpaka Litente
      May 9, 2016 at 9:56 am

  3. Charles Chilemo I agree with you. Delay is not denial. We will vote UPND into government not based on rallies but credibility. UPND is so far the best party.

    May 8, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    • Good evening mate,
      According to your thinking it is the best party, but we the voters will decide.
      Wina a Zalila cos of too much Nkongole on this political matter.
      I wish you all the best.
      Zambians will never trust a mason to rule them

      Figo Five
      May 8, 2016 at 9:29 pm

  4. What about the PF meeting slated for Heroes stadium at the same 14:00 Hours on Saturday, 14th May 2016; have the police also stopped it in Lusaka?

    johane wind
    May 9, 2016 at 6:33 am

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