Power and Politics

Police, Patriotic Front battle over September 30 date for public rally in Lusaka’s Zingalume area


Inspector General (IG) of Police, Grapheal Musamba, has proposed that the Patriotic Front (PF) should hold their rally in Lusaka’s Zingalume area of Matero Constituency on September 30, 2023.

According to PF Chairperson for Information and Publicity, Raphael Nakacinda, Musamba insisted that the rally cannot be held on August 26, 2023 as planned by the party due to security reasons.

Addressing Journalists shortly after an engagement with the Inspector General of Police in Lusaka on Thursday, Nakacinda said the party had however rejected the proposed date.

“The party’s fresh proposal is to hold the rally on September 2, 2023 in the event that it does not take place on August 26, 2023,” he said.

Later on Thursday, Police Spokesperson, Rae Hamoonga, said the PF’s publicized rally, which they had notified the police to be held at Muchinga grounds of Zingalume compound on August 26, 2023 would not take place.

Hamoonga in a statement issued in Lusaka said the police conducted due diligence regarding the PF’s request to hold a public rally.

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“However, due to security concerns the Patriotic Front Party has been advised to have their public procession on an alternative period towards the end of September 2023,” he said.

Hamoonga called on all peace loving Zambians to ensure that they maintain law and order as guided by the Zambia Police Service.

“The Patriotic Front Party has been officially communicated to this effect,” he said.

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