The National Democratic Congress (NDC) says it is disappointed with the unprofessional conduct being exhibited by Copperbelt Police Commissioner Charity Katanga adding that her stay as commissioner is causing havoc for opposition political parties.
And NDC has challenged Katanga to disclose the rational used in granting a police permit to PF youths to hold their Chinese solidarity march.
PF youths led by their provincial chairman Nathan Chanda yesterday obtained a police permit and staged a solidarity march for Chinese national in the country, a move that is seen as a counter to the opposition’s condemnation of the abusive influence and corruption by the foreigners.
In a statement issued, Tuesday, NDC National Youth Chairperson Charles Kabwita charged that Katanga was highly desperate and would do anything to appease the PF.
“Katanga wants to succeed Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja and will do anything to earn promotion. The stay of Katanga on the Copperbelt as police chief is causing havoc for opposition political groupings. As NDC, we are displeased with the double standards Katanga is playing,” he stated.
Kabwita challenged Katanga to disclose the rational used in granting a police permit to PF youths to hold their Chinese solidarity march when theirs was rejected.
“Today, PF cadres have been allowed to hold a solidarity protest to support Chinese investment and presence in Zambia. This is the same Katanga who has twice rejected the bid by NDC youth leaders to hold anti Chinese protests in the same region. As a party, we are worried with the selective application of the Public Order Act POA. It is officers such as Katanga who have vehemently brought shame to the police service by gagging the opposition,” stated Kabwita.
“As a party, we challenge Katanga to disclose the rational she has used in granting the police permit, allowing PF youths to hold the so called Chinese solidarity march. Katanga should seriously reflect on her conduct. We are ready as a party to meet her in the political arena. We admire the professional men and women in uniform who are working so hard in extreme conditions. If Katanga continues with her unprofessional conduct, we are ready to remove her from office using legal ways.”