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POLICE WARN UPND, HOLD RALLIES AT OWN PERIL

By NOEL IYOMBWA
Go ahead to hold political rallies but you should not complain what you meet on the ground, Police spokesperson Esther Katongo has warned the United Party for National Development (UPND).

The UPND has insisted that it will go ahead with political rallies to rally support for the August 12 polls.

But Ms Katongo said the opposition party should not complain if they meet police officers on the ground.

“Let them go ahead with political rallies if they want but they should not complain what they will meet on the ground,” she said.

Ms. Katongo warned of stern action if the party continued defying police orders not to hold rallies.

UPND presidential spokesperson, Anthony Bwalya, said political rallies would go ahead.

Mr Bwalya said citizens would be encouraged to exercise caution and good judgement around social distancing, masking up and sanitising.

Mr Bwalya accused the Patriotic Front of using the police to trample on democracy and the right of citizens to decide their future.

He said the international community had already affirmed commitment to ensuring that the voice of the people was not illegally interfered with by Government.

Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja cautioned political parties against conducting political activities without notifying the police during campaigns.

Mr Kanganja observed that some politicians were deliberately disregarding provisions.

Mr. Kanganja also expressed concern that political parties were conducting their door-to-door campaigns without notifying the police while abrogating the Ministry of Health Covid-19 guidelines.

He urged political parties intending to conduct public activities to have public health certificates

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