Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja has warned some opposition political parties and NGOs that are planning to protest against load shedding and Bill 10 among other issues that they will face the wrath of the law if they do not adhere to the Public Order Act.
In a statement, Tuesday, Kanganja stated that the police command had received information that some opposition parties and NGOs were planning “illegal protests”.
“We have received information to the effect that some opposition political parties working in collaboration with some Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) have planned sporadic illegal protests around the country on the following issues: a. Load shedding, b. Truck drivers conditions of service, c. Bill number 10 amongst other issues. Further, information has revealed that the said groupings have also printed T-Shirts carrying certain messages and are mobilizing musicians and members of the public to protest whilst clad in the said labeled T-shirts.
I therefore warn all of you orchestrating these illegal protests to immediately stop your plans or face the wrath of the Law,” Kanganja warned.
“I am reminding you that the Law on protests is very clear as provided for under the Public Order Act; it is therefore prudent that all those wishing to conduct any such public activity should follow the provisions of the Law. Any conduct to the contrary will attract punitive action from police and no one should complain of the consequences there-of.”
He stated that members of the public would have themselves to blame if they joined such protests.
“I am calling upon members of the public to stay away from such planned activities or they will have themselves to blame. May I reiterate that the Police will not tolerate any public disorder orchestrated by any individual or grouping with a view to disturb public order and peace.
Do not say you were not warned,” warned Kanganja.