by Sipilisiwe Ncube on 18 Oct 2018by Mukosha Funga on 18 Oct 2018by Joseph Mwenya in Kabwe on 18 Oct 2018by Diggers Correspondent on 18 Oct 2018
- Goal Diggers
by Alex Chilumbwe on 17 Oct 2018by Alex Chilumbwe on 16 Oct 2018by Alex Chilumbwe on 16 Oct 2018by Diggers Correspondent on 16 Oct 2018
by Stuart Lisulo on 18 Oct 2018by Abraham Kalito on 18 Oct 2018by Abraham Kalito on 18 Oct 2018by Stuart Lisulo on 17 Oct 2018
by Zondiwe Mbewe on 18 Oct 2018by Zondiwe Mbewe on 18 Oct 2018by Zondiwe Mbewe on 17 Oct 2018by Zondiwe Mbewe on 17 Oct 2018
- Editor's Choice
by Chibamba Kanyama on 8 Oct 2018by WECREATE I ZAMBIA on 13 Sep 2018by Mukubesa Mundia on 27 Jul 2018by Percy Chanda, UPND on 15 Jun 2018
by Diggers Editor on 18 Oct 2018by Diggers Editor on 14 Oct 2018by Diggers Editor on 12 Oct 2018by Diggers Editor on 11 Oct 2018
by Zondiwe Mbewe on 28 Sep 2018by Tenson Mkhala on 28 Sep 2018by Thomas Mulenga on 24 Sep 2018by Sampa Kabwela on 8 Sep 2018
- Guest Diggers
by Diggers Correspondent on 17 Oct 2018by Diggers Correspondent on 17 Oct 2018by CUTS on 9 Oct 2018by CUTS on 2 Oct 2018
Allow Kalaba to mingle freely with supporters, UPND tells policeBy Sipilisiwe Ncube on 13 Sep 2018
UPND deputy secretary general Patrick Mucheleka has condemned Zambia police’s warn and caution statement to Bahati PF member of parliament Harry Kalaba saying he is a free citizen who is at liberty to engage his supporters.
And Mucheleka says his party will soon be hitting the ground to familiarize itself with its party structures and that no one should intimidate them.
On Tuesday, Copperbelt Police recorded a warn and caution statement from Kalaba for holding what they termed as illegal meetings in the province.
But in a statement, Wednesday, Mucheleka described the action by police as harassment.
“The UPND wishes to condemn in the strongest possible terms, the harassment of Harry Kalaba by Zambia Police on the Copperbelt for simply exercising his rights of movement, association, assembly and free speech. We also deplore the police action of summoning and issuing of a warn and caution statement on Hon. Harry Kalaba, who’s a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bahati MP, and a respected member of our community. We understand Hon. Kalaba was being warned and cautioned for merely peacefully engaging his supporters, something we believe is within his rights,” Mucheleka stated.
He stated that the action by police demonstrated the PF’s continued intimidation and police harassment on the rights of innocent citizens.
“This incident, like many others before, demonstrates, once again, what we have been saying that, the PF leadership does not believe in democratic co-existence where citizens can freely, peacefully and openly enjoy their rights and freedoms without political intimidation and police harassment. It is these issues that the PF are running away from fully engaging in the dialogue process, which would have gone a long way in addressing and ironing out all the thorny issues that are denting the democratic credentials of our country,” Mucheleka stated.
He also questioned the silence of the Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue (ZCID) as well as the Human Rights Commission (HRC) on the matter.
“The deafening silence by organizations like the Zambia Centre for Inter-Party Dialogue (ZCID) and the Human Rights Commission (HRC) is not unexpected and surprising. It shows and confirms how toothless, ineffective and compromised they are in handling common matters affecting our country. Why should it honestly require police notifications, which is now treated and qualifies as police permits, for political leaders to merely interact with their supporters and mobilise their structures on the ground? On the other hand, the PF leadership, at various levels, are busy traversing the breadth and length of our country, buying UPND councillors and engaging their structures on the ground without any police notifications,” Mucheleka complained.
And he stated that his party would continue holding meetings and visiting its structures because it was their constitutional right.
“As UPND, we shall not accept this injustice in our country and by virtue of this statement; we want to inform the nation that, our party president Hakainde Hichilema and other senior party officials will be immediately hitting the ground to visit our structures and engage our citizens as a way to fully appreciate the suffering they are going through under the corrupt PF leadership. Hon. Harry Kalaba committed no offence and we shall not be committing any offence by visiting our party structures and peacefully engage our citizens around the country,” stated Mucheleka.
About Sipilisiwe Ncube
Sipilisiwe Ncube is a Zambian journalist with a background in radio news.
Email: sipilisiwe [at] diggers [dot] news
- Consult each other despite differences, Aka urges politicians - 18 Oct 2018
- We can only unify Zambia if we accept we have a President – Wynter - 18 Oct 2018
- Mkushi farmers reject govt’s plea for financial contributions towards Independence celebrations - 17 Oct 2018
- RTSA dispels burnt speed camera report - 17 Oct 2018
- I’m confident I’ll win in 2021 – Kalaba - 16 Oct 2018
- Police give Tayali 'painful protection' after beating by UPND cadres at court
- Kambwili is very stupid, says angry Sikazwe as Roan MP gets another beating in Parley
- Livingstone court dissolves marriage between wife and adulterous pastor
- Lusaka deputy PS, 4 accountants suspended over misuse of govt funds
- Businesswoman admits assaulting Zaloumis
Subscribe for email alerts
Weekly Most Digged
ArchivesNov0 PostsDec0 Posts
- October 2018
- September 2018
- August 2018
- July 2018
- June 2018
- May 2018
- April 2018
- March 2018
- February 2018
- January 2018
- December 2017
- November 2017
- October 2017
- September 2017
- August 2017
- July 2017
- June 2017
- May 2017
- April 2017
- March 2017
- February 2017
- January 2017
- December 2016
- November 2016
- October 2016
The News Diggers
Deputy News Editor
Plot No. Lus/9812/649-MC8
off Alex Chola Road
P.O. Box 32147
Telephone or WhatsApp:
+26-097-7708285, 095-3424603, 096-5815078
diggers [at] diggers [dot] news
editor [at] diggers [dot] news
Send this to a friend