Heavily armed policemen in Lusaka have sealed off the opposition Patriotic Front (PF) party secretariat for the second day following the internal wrangles surrounding the party presidency.
Matero Member of Parliament, Miles Sampa, on Friday said his faction would take over the secretariat now that the courts had ruled in his favour as party President.
On Monday morning, the Police turned away former republican president, Edgar Lungu, from accessing the secretariat where he was supposed to hold a media briefing with senior party members.
Lungu was heard complaining and describing the situation as unfortunate as he was seen leaving the secretariat after engaging the police officers deployed to the there.
He wondered why the police would barricade the secretariat to prevent party members from accessing their headquarters.
“I demanded that me and my colleagues be given access to our party headquarters because this is a private property that does not require police protection,” Lungu said.
The police officers, however, informed Lungu that they were acting under instructions from above to keep him and his party leaders away from the secretariat.
The officers pleaded with Lungu to engage the Inspector-General of Police, Graphael Musamba, to establish why they had been ordered not to allow him access to the secretariat.
PF senior leaders such as party Vice president Given Lubinda and Secretary General Raphael Nakacinda are camped at the secretariat situated on Panganani Road, amid heavy police presence trying to prevent other members from accessing the premises.
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