Power and Politics

New Heritage party protests Zambia Police demand for registration certificate as condition for rally


The Zambia Police have requested a registration certificate from the New Heritage Party (NHP) before responding to their letter seeking approval for a rally in Lusaka’s Mandevu area.

In a letter dated May 10, 2024, the NHP expressed its intention to hold a mass rally in Mandevu on June 1, 2024.

The party aims to address various issues, including the high cost of living, solutions to hunger, youth-led job creation, and the sale of Mopani copper mines.

Additionally, they would address issues on the return of Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) to Vedanta, local industrialization, alleged tribal-based demotions of civil servants and governance concerns.

The NHP president, Chishala Kateka, highlighted that despite their previous involvement in state functions, the Zambia Police, under Graphael Musamba’s command, now questions the party’s registration status.

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“This is the same New Heritage Party whose president, Chishala Kateka contested as Republican President in the 2021 General Elections,” she said in the letter.

Kateka expressed frustration at what he perceived as changing laws and regulations, particularly affecting opposition parties under the new administration.

Furthermore, Kateka alleged a plot to destabilise and harm opposition parties ahead of the 2026 general elections, potentially to ensure President Hichilema’s victory.

He called on patriotic Zambians to resist such assaults on democracy and denounced the use of state institutions to intimidate political opponents.

“Patriotic right thinking Zambians must scorn and act on this open assault on their democracy using State institutions such as Police, Registrar of Societies, ACC and DEC to intimidate perceived political opponents,” Kateka said

In response to the police demand, the NHP had submitted a copy of its registration certificate but anticipated further obstacles from the police command.

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