Controversy has erupted over the application of the Public Order Act by Zambia Police as prominent Lawyer and Opposition United Liberal Party (ULP) President Sakwiba Sikota has charged that is being abused.
But Police have maintained that UPND did not meet the provisions of the Public Order Act which are outlined under Cap 113 Section 5 of the Constitution when they wanted to conduct public rallies and hold various meetings in Chipata. Police Deputy Spokesperson Rea Haamonga said the UNPD leader Hakainde Hichilema did not meet the provisions of the law.
But Opposition United Liberal Party (ULP) President Sakwiba Sikota yesterday said that in light of the continued abuses of human rights by the Police, the Attorney General should move in to guide them because he was a human rights lawyer. But police public relations officer Rey Haamonga reiterated the need for all groupings, organizations or political parties who intended to hold public processions or rallies to do so according to what was stipulated within the law.
However Sikota disputed the assertion that a police permit was required for public meetings or demonstrations.