POLICE in Chingola have denied the UPND a permit to have its card renewal exercise because the opposition party is having intraparty differences.
This is according to a letter addressed to the officer commanding for Chingola district from the Nchanga police officer-in-charged signed by a Mr K. Ngulube.
“We wish to inform you that the United Party for National Development in Chingola district under Nchanga Constituency have notified this office to have a party card renewal exercise on December 8, 2018 at the Tours Nest Nchanga starting at 14:00 hours to 18:00 hours. However, we object that they hold such a meeting. This is due to the intraparty differences in the UPND in Chingola district. Therefore, we will not approve because the same may be a recipe for public disorder. We, therefore, intend to inform them about our observation,” Ngulube wrote.
But UPND Copperbelt chairman Elisha Matambo said the PF was in serious trouble on the Copperbelt.
“Since when did the police start to be involved in party politics? Why should they act like a branch of the PF? We know that the police just want to deny us having these exercises because of the massive support we have now on the Copperbelt. So we know even the police are now scared of the UPND, but that should not be the case. Police should be there to protect everyone,” Matambo said.
“Yes, differences in any party are there. That should not bother the police. Even in PF where they are having elections, we have seen punches and even their elections suspended but did the police stop them? Let the police do their job and not join politics.”
Matambo said the card renewal exercises on the Copperbelt had caused serious panic in the PF camp.
He said the UPND was growing at a fast rate on the Copperbelt.
“The people of the Copperbelt are resolved and nothing will change. Whether the police are used by the PF or anything, things have changed on the Copperbelt. People can’t continue to be told lies and it is business as always, no! We expect the police to act in a professional manner,” said Matambo.
“I can tell you that the UPND has grown on the Copperbelt. We know the pressure the police are in to stop us. We were to have a lot of members joining us, and we are sure they have the information, that is why they have stopped our exercise. But we will not give up. We are determined to continue speaking for the people.”/