UPND dilly-dally on police undertaking

THE United Party for National Development (UPND) is yet to present a signed undertaking for the police committing itself to notify the police each time its president, Hakainde Hichilema, would want to tour to maintain peace.

It was agreed upon by the opposition party and the police at Kabwata police station on Monday that each time Mr Hichilema wanted to tour to thank the voters in the January 20 Presidential by-election, his party needed to notify the police.

Lusaka Province Police Commissioner Charity Katanga told the Daily Nation in an interview yesterday that the party had initially submitted an undertaking through its legal team, but the undertaking was not complete because one of the signatories was missing.

Ms. Katanga explained that arising from the shortcoming of the document presented, the two parties agreed that a fresh undertaking be done to reflect what was agreed upon on Monday.

“They brought the letter which was written by their legal counsel which was addressed to my office and copied to the Ministry of Justice; Minister of Home Affairs, the Inspector General of Police and Attorney General but it was not signed by their secretary.

So, we have to wait on them until they have rectified it but we have to put it on record that they have signed an undertaking and if they flout the law against what they have undertaken, we shall still pounce on them,” Ms. Katanga warned.

She advised the UPND to live up to the its promise because it may not have the liberty to do so in future.

And when contacted for a comment, UPND deputy spokesperson Edwin Lifwekelo said that matter was being looked into by the legal team and that the rectified document would reach the police in due course.

Mr. Lifwekelo explained that the legal team was the one handling the matter and assured that the police would be served with the signed undertaking.

“If the police have not yet received then it means that it is still with the legal team led by Mr. Jack Mwiimbu. They should be receiving it very soon because our legal team are the one who are handling the issue.

That issue is addressed by our legal team which is competent enough to handle any technicalities that would arise from that issue,” Mr. Lifwekelo said.

On Monday, the UPND accepted to sign an undertaking with the police which would compel them to notify the police each time it planned to have an event.

This followed the summoning of its president as Kabwata police Station for breach of peace.

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