Power and Politics

National Democratic Congress rejects ban on public rallies


The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has rejected the ban on opposition to hold public rallies as announced by the Inspector-General of Police, Graphael Musamba.

Musamba allegedly announced the ban on public rallies by the opposition after the Deputy Secretary-General of the ruling United Party for National Development (UPND), Getrude Imenda made the call.

NDC leader, Saboi Imboela, told Zambia Monitor that the decision was undemocratic and should not be supported as it showed the kind of conversations which were happening behind closed doors.

Imboela said President Hakainde Hichilema should put his house in order and stop assaulting the democracy which was already under threat.

“The pronouncement by the Inspector-General that the opposition should not be having public rallies but indoor meetings is very worrisome, undemocratic and unconstitutional,” she stated.

The NDC leader described the decision by Musamba as unfortunate.

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“We first heard this from the Deputy Secretary-General of the UPND and now we heard it from the IG himself, a man holding a high position at a democratic institution” Imboela said.

She said the opposition had been vindicated on their cry that the democratic space in the country had shrank under Hichilema’s rule.

Imboela called on the international community to take interest in the manner the UPND government was running the affairs of the country.

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