By ALICE NACHILEMBE
Zambia Police has refuted allegations from the opposition United Party for National Development that they cancelled road shows for UPND scheduled for Matero and Chelstone in Lusaka.
Police said the allegations were not true but it was misleading.
Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo has advised people from political parties who are in charge of organizing party activities to be informing political party leaders the truth as opposed to lies with a view of creating acrimony.
She said what transpired was that the UPND in Lusaka outlined in their notification numerous activities in form of road shows which they intend to undertake within Lusaka and presented the same to Lusaka Police District Office.
Ms Katongo said it was there that they were advised to present their notification to respective Regulating Officers who are Officers in Charge of Police Stations in areas where they intended to undertake their public activities.
She said the law demands that Regulating Officers in respective areas are in a position to know activities that have been approved in their areas of jurisdiction to avoid clashes.
Ms Katongo said that police cancelled the UPND intended activities is misleading because one can only cancel that which was approved or allowed to go ahead.
She has urged political parties to avoid engaging in schemes or acts that have potential to promote disunity or mistrust in public institutions on political grounds by maliciously spreading falsehood.
“Police did not cancel any roadshow which the UPND intended to undertake. The party was advised to present their notifications to appropriate offices , in this case, Police Stations which is procedurally right,” she said.