Zambians must remain united and resolved in fighting the injustices being perpetrated by the PF regime, UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has said.
Hichilema has accused the Patriotic Front (PF) of dividing the country by its abuse and implementation of the Public Order Act (POA) warning that Zambians should brace themselves for harder times because President Sata had completely ignored democratic tenets.
Hichilema has stated that he would be making consultations with his party and lawyers on the prospects of suing the Zambia police for revoking his notification to tour Eastern Province and hold public meetings
Hichilema said that it was good that President Sata had started responding to pressure by deciding to reinstate the more than 500 nurses that were fired in December last year.
Hichilema said all the nurses should be reinstated as soon as possible without giving them any conditions.
Speaking at a press briefing yesterday, Hichilema said the Public Order Act did not demand that citizens and organisation should obtain permits from the police to hold public meetings but that the law stipulated that the police should only be notified. Hichilema who was in the Eastern Province and was forced to abandon his planned schedule of public meeting after the police clashed with his supporters in Mambwe leaving one person badly injured said President Sata had resorted to hiding the Public Order Act because he had failed to govern and turn round the economic fortunes of the country.
He said the police in Easter Province had acted professionally by allowing him and his entourage to hold public meetings in six districts in the region but that the notification was revoked soon after he commenced his tour of the region.The UPND leader said he had decided to cut his tour of Eastern Province short after realizing that his presence in the region had become a threat to the lives of the people because President Sata through the Inspector General of Police had mobilized more than 600 heavily armed police officers to hunt him down.
Hichilema said he was worried that the police command in Eastern Province that approved his notification to tour the region and hold public meetings would suffer reprisals for being professionals but stated that President Sata should not attempt to victimize the officers because they had the mandate to perform their functions without being partial.
“President Sata and has failed to govern and has resorted to hiding behind the Public Order Act (POA). I do not have to get permission to visit any part of this country.
The reception we received in Eastern Province annoyed Sata because he had always been thinking that the UPND was only dominant in Western and North Western Provinces,” Hichilema said.
Hichilema said it was hypocrisy of the worst form for the police to have claimed that they had revoked his notification on the basis that some areas he had intended to visit were a subject of the court proceedings and yet President Sata was in Mambwe and Vubwi campaigning without considering that there were pending by-elections in the constituencies.
Hichilema told the briefing that he still intends to visit Eastern Province to complete his tour as the people were highly receptive and received him very warmly.