The United Party for National Development (UPND) youths in Mazabuka District have notified the police over their intentions to hold peaceful demonstrations over the delayed release of the draft constitution.
The opposition party’s youths have appealed for a police permit to enable them carry out the demonstrations on Friday this week.
This is contained in a letter addressed to Mazabuka police officer in charge dated 20th March 2014 and made available to ZANIS in Mazabuka today.
The opposition UPND youths are seeking permission to enable them hold the demonstrations that are aimed at pressing government to give a clear road map on the constitution.
In a letter signed by District Youth Chairperson, Pelekelo Mwendabai, the UPND said they intend to do their demonstrations by way of marching from Nakambala approved school ground passing through the Central Business District to the community radio station.
The youths indicated that after the match past, they intend to hand over their petition to the office of the District Commissioner for onward transmission to the relevant government authorities.
“The proceeding will start at 08:00 hours matching from Katombora ground to the radio station thereafter the youths will go to the D.C’s office where the petition will be handed over to him (and) the demonstration will end at 16:00 hours.
The youths further said that they would be grateful if their application will be considered by the police in the area to enable them demonstrate over the constitution which they said was theirs.
However, majority of youths from Mazabuka Central Constituency said they will not be part of the planned demonstrations that their colleagues at the District level are intending to engage in.
The youths who preferred anonymity said they do not want to be used by senior party officials who have paid those from the District to enable them carry out the demonstrations.
They said they were aware of some senior party officials who have paid the youth leadership at the district level money to enable them carry out the demonstration saying as youths in the constituency they will not be part and parcel of the planned demonstration.
When contacted for a comment Mazabuka Central police officer Commanding Serah Muyoba who confirmed receipt of the application letter from the UPND said the police are however still studying the matter before a response could be given.
Ms.Muyoba however referred all queries to Southern Province police commissioner Mary Chikwanda who declined to issue any statement on the matter.