Zambia Police
Zambia Police

UNITED Party for National Development (UPND) acting secretary general Stephen Katuka and other party leaders have been summoned by Police over the placement of campaign materials on the streets of Lusaka.
Mr Katuka and his leadership have been ordered to appear before officers today at 10:00 hours on the party’s decision to hang campaign materials on the street when it is not campaign period.
Lusaka Province Police Chief Charity Katanga said the action to place party flags by members of the UPND was illegal because it was not a campaign period.
The opposition political party had been putting party regalia in different streets, particularly on the Great East and Addis Ababa roads where flags and other materials had been placed on trees and wall fences.

“We removed about 87 materials or so, this is a recipe for anarchy because we are not in a campaign period when people should wake up and start placing campaign materials in the street.
“Imagine if every political party started doing the same, what will happen? So as I said earlier, we have summoned the acting secretary general and the party leadership for a meeting tomorrow (today) at 10:00 hours,” Ms Katanga said.
She said the action by the UPND had the potential to cause the breach of peace as other parties would feel aggrieved and start doing the same.
Ms Katanga also wondered whether Lusaka City Council (LCC) had allowed the opposition party to start placing the campaign materials on the streets.
She said Police would not accept such actions from any political party, because the campaign period had not yet been declared.