Nevers rejects police rally ban

MMD President Nevers Mumba has warned that the opposition political leaders will submit names of police officers together with President Sata’s for abuse of human rights when they make submissions to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union (AU).

Dr Mumba told the Daily Nation from Livingstone where he is drumming up support for MMD’s candidate Fred Siasuntwe that it was unconstitutional for the police service to stop political parties from campaigns when the period allocated by  the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) had not expired.

He said that it was unfortunate that police officers had stopped performing their duties and instead were follow the command of the ruling Patriotic Front.

The opposition leader said it was obvious that the police only decided to ban political rallies after President Sata and his vice Dr Scott finished their campaign programmes in Livingstone.

“Let me warn these police officers that when we make our next submissions to the AU and SADC, we won’t only submit Mr Sata’s name but we shall include names of those police officers that abusing the rights of citizens so that they also face the Hague.

“We shall go ahead with our rallies until ECZ time expires. We have no worries with the warning of the police as we already sought permission from the constitution. This threat by Solomon Jere only shows how desperate the ruling party is. They want to dominate the political arena by stopping rallies,” Dr Mumba said.

He advised that the Zambia police should stop pretending that they are in service for the people of Zambia but should instead go ahead and form a police political party.

Dr Mumba said it was time that Zambia police stayed away from campaigns and let political parties freely conduct their business.

And the opposition leader advised the people of Livingstone not to allow the ruling PF to dupe them for the second time.

He said it was time that they show the ruling party that its lack of performance had left the people of Zambia miserable.

He said the electorate in areas where they would be voting this Thursday should tell the ruling party that they were not happy with the governance of the current regime by not voting for their candidates.