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JACK Mwiimbu has overturned the decision by Inspector General Graphael Musamba to reject a notification by the Patriotic Front (PF) to hold its mass public rally and has allowed the former ruling party to proceed with its political gathering slated for this weekend.

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Last week, Mr Musamba rejected an application by the PF to hold a mass rally this Saturday in Lusaka’s Zingalume area citing security reasons.

But yesterday, after holding a meeting with the PF, Mr Mwiimbu, the Home Affairs and Internal Security Minister approved the notification and the former ruling party would now have to proceeed with its planned political gathering.

Mr Mwiimbu, responding to a letter of appeal written by the rally’s organising chairperson, Mr Christopher Shakafuswa dated August 17, 2023, stated that he had considered the appeal and guided that the rally organisers should file a fresh notification of intention to hold the public rally. 

He also proposed alternative dates so as to allow the Zambia Police Service to indicate a favourable date for purposes of providing security.

owever, PF member of the central committee, Raphael Nakacinda, who had earlier led a delegation to meet Mr Mwiimbu welcomed the development but insisted that the party gave adequate notice to the authorities and would be pleased to hold the rally on Saturday.

He said the former ruling party would today engage Mr Musamba to iron out logistical and security issues so that the meeting could take place as scheduled.



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