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‘No retreat’, Main opposition party, PF, insists on Friday protest


The opposition Patriotic Front (PF) has written to the Police notifying them on the party’s intention to hold a peaceful demonstration during the official visit of United State of America Vice President, Kamala Harris.

According to the letter written by PF Deputy Secretary General, Nickson Chilangwa, and addressed to the Lusaka District Police Commanding Officer, the party wants to protest on what they have termed as deteriorated democracy tenets such as infringements on the rule of law, shrinking media and civic space.

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Chilangwa said the demonstration will be held on Friday at Lusaka’s Mulungushi International Conference Centre (MICC) from 10:00 hours to 12:00 hours. There

He has assured the Police Command that the demonstration will be peaceful and orderly.

And addressing Journalists at a media briefing in Lusaka on Wednesday, party Mporokoso Member of Parliament, Brian Mundubile, urged Home Affairs and Internal Security Minister, Jack Mwimbu, to desist from threatening Members of Parliament who want to protest on things they deem to be against the constitution.

Mundubile said the PF will not allow any foreign culture that will be brought in Zambia to contravene the country’s cultural values and principles.

“The opposition law-makers expect that Kamala Harris visit to Zambia will focus on how best the country’s democracy can be improved , reduce poverty and aid which America intends to give to Zambia without promoting homosexuality because Zambia has its own constitution that denounce such acts,” he said.

Harris will visit Zambia from March 31st -April 1st, 2023 and is scheduled to meet with President Hakainde Hichilema in Lusaka upon arrival and meet with business and philanthropic leaders on the following day.

Contributed by Augustine Sichula

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