Power and Politics

Citizens First Party plans public rally amid recent police actions targeting political parties


In the wake of recent denials of rally permits to the New Heritage Party and the Socialist Party, the Citizens First Party has announced its intention to hold a public rally at Changanamai Grounds in Kitwe on June 22, 2024.

Party Spokesperson, Frank Sichone, confirmed the announcement, stating that all legal requirements have been met and the police have been duly notified.

“As Citizens First, we want to inform members of the public and our party members that we will be having a public rally at Changanamai Grounds in Kitwe on 22nd June 2024 at 10:00 hrs,” Sichone declared.

He encouraged the public to attend in large numbers to listen to party President Harry Kalaba and other Citizens First leaders.

“As a party that believes in the rule of law, we have followed all provisions of the law and notified the police last week as required,” Sichone added.

Read More: Heavily armed police prevent Socialist Party rally in Kitwe, citing fresh orders from Lusaka (Video)

Recently, heavily armed police officers in Kitwe, equipped with armored and anti-riot gear, surrounded Changanamai Grounds where the Socialist Party was scheduled to hold a mass rally.

Although initially denied permission due to “security concerns,” the police later allowed the Socialist Party to proceed, only to reverse the decision again citing fresh instructions from Lusaka.

In Lusaka, similar actions were taken by the police at Chipata Grounds, Mandevu, where the Heritage Party planned a pro-democracy rally.

Police intervention led to the cancellation of the event.

The Citizens First Party’s announcement to hold a rally is seen as a test of the current political climate and the authorities’ willingness to permit public political gatherings.

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