POLICE Spokesperson Esther Mwaata Katongo says the command is yet to make a decision on whether or not to arrest those who participated in the youth protest because the bush is also a public place.

On Monday, some Lusaka youths sent police on a wild goose chase when they decided to hold their much anticipated protest at an undisclosed location despite not having a permit.

And in an interview, Katongo said police would decide at their own convenient time on what course of action to take.

“We are going to make a decision as police whether or not to arrest them. We have not arrested anyone. We will decide as police on the necessity of arresting them or not because whether you are in the bush or where the bush is also a public place. It does not only mean that a public place is on the road or where. Even in the bush, it’s a public place. So, we are going to decide and that will be decided at our own convenient time,” Katongo said.

When asked about why police allowed Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo to host a lunch with 400 taxi drivers when other stakeholders were being denied permits because of the pandemic, Katongo said she wasn’t aware about his activities but encouraged anyone with complaints to take them to the right office.

“I am not aware of Honorable Minister Bowman Lusambo having that meeting. But in all instances, when there is a complaint or a concern, there is always a regulating officer, those who are complaining should go and table the matter,” said Katongo.