Police warns Grand Coalition over honking

The Zambia Police say it will not hesitate to discharge its lawful duty to arrest all citizens that involve themselves in honking as it is unlawful.

Police spokesperson Charity Munganga said in a statement to the Daily Nation that the act of unnecessary honking was an offence under the Laws of Zambia.

She was reacting to the decision by the Grand Coalition on the Constitution to hoot every Friday evening in all provinces to call for the release of the draft constitution.

Ms Munganga warned those who intended to disturb the public peace by unnecessary honking that the police would not hesitate to discharge their lawful duty to arrest all those who would be involved in the exercise. She said time and again the police had advised people to have their concerns addressed by necessary competent authorities in order to find better ways of resolving them instead of reverting to activities that were in conflict with the provisions of the law.

But Grand Coalition spokesperson MacDonald Chipenzi who described the honking exercise so far as successful and overwhelming said the campaign would continue despite intimidations by the police.

Mr Chipenzi said the Grand Coalition would carry out the honking exercise in all the parts of Zambia.

He said the crusade on the constitution was not for certain groups of people but meant for the benefit of all Zambians.

“We want to appeal to all Zambians to join the exercise meant to pressurize government to do the right thing for Zambians and also to account for its promises on the constitution making process,” Mr Chipenzi said. He said the Grand Coalition on the constitution would not relent in advocating the release of the final draft constitution.

Mr Chipenzi said the coalition was strategizing to ensure its mission to have a people driven constitution was achieved.