THE Zambia Police has been challenged to investigate the public rally the UPND called at Woodlands Police Station without police permit.
Patriotic Front (PF) deputy secretary general Mumbi Phiri said the Woodlands Police political rally the UPND called following the summoning of its vice-president for administration Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba was against the dictates of the Public Order Act (POA).
Notices were sent to UPND members and sympathisers by some party officials calling on members to turn up for a mass rally at Woodlands Police Station where Mr Mwamba was scheduled to appear before the police to answer questions.
UPND president Hakainde Hichilema, Mr Mwamba and Martha Mushipe, the lawyer of the opposition political party all called on their members across the country to assemble at the Woodlands police and claimed that the solidarity gathering was going to be a mass rally without police permit.
Ms Mushipe, the UPND lawyer said in her message to party members: “Mother of ALL RALLIES at Woodlands Police on Wednesday, 02/03/16 at 08:00 hours without permit. Let us turn up in GREAT numbers.”
Mrs Phiri said Mr Hichilema and Mr Mwamba were using the name of democracy to breach the country’s laws, stating that the violent clashes between the UPND cadres and the police could have been avoided had the two leaders adhered to the country’s laws.
She said in an interview that Mr Hichilema’s dreams of becoming President of Zambia at all costs should never be allowed to destroy the country because Zambians was bigger than the ambitions of one political leader.
Mrs Mumbi said the UPND had remained in the opposition for the last 20 years because Zambians had completely rejected to be governed by a political leadership that did not inspire confidence in citizens.
“We should not be surprised in Mr Hichilema while still in the opposition will start demanding that civil servants should start receiving him wherever he would be going. Mr Hichilema and Mr Mwamba have become a danger to our political stability and should be caged. The dreams of Mr Hichilema of becoming President at all costs should not destroy Zambia and he must therefore be tamed,” Mrs Phiri said.
But UPND deputy spokesperson Edwin Lifwekelo has played down his party’s declaration that the summoning of Mr Mwamba by police at Woodlands was going to be a mass rally, stating that the online advertisement was only meant to invite members to a solidarity assembly for their vice-president.
Mr Lifwekelo howver said the messages from the party leadership should not be construed that Mr Hichilema, Mr Mwamba and Ms Mushipe were agitating for lawlessness.
Mr Lifwekelo however confirmed that the UPND members were ready to camp at Woodlands Police Station for as long as Mr Mwamba was going to remain in police cells and that the UPND was happy that the police could not keep the UPND vice-president longer than would have been necessary.
“I do not know that the solidarity assembly at Woodlands Police Station by our members was a rally. That was not a rally but I suppose someone was merely trying to excite and inform our members to come in numbers to support our vice-president for administration Mr Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba. The members however were ready to stay and camp at Woodlands Police for as long as Mr Mwamba was going to remain in police cells,” Mr Lifwekelo saod.