THE opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) plans to cause confusion on the Copperbelt in the wake of challenges in the mines, Parliament was told yesterday.
Vice-President Inonge Wina said Government has information that the UPND wants to turn politics into confrontation.
“The UPND wants to take advantage of challenges on the Copperbelt and cause confusion,” Mrs Wina said.
She was commenting following sentiments by Choma Central member of Parliament (MP) Cornelius Mweetwa (UPND during the Vice-President’s question time.
Mr Mweetwa said police on the Copperbelt had rejected the UPND’s notification to hold political rallies earlier this month.
“We were told that we could only hold our meetings next month [December].
“Have you banned political activities in the country?” Mr Mweetwa asked.
Mrs Wina said every Zambian has the right of association, but in the case of the Copperbelt, there were security concerns.
“It appears campaigns have started in the House [Parliament]. The police assessed the situation on the Copperbelt and made a decision on security grounds. They want to safeguard life and property,” Mrs Wina said.
She said safety and security take precedence over political expediency.
Meanwhile, Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini says President Lungu has the liberty to travel to any part of the country because he is the head of State.
Dr Matibini said President Lungu is allowed by law to travel freely anywhere in Zambia as he undertakes his work of governing the nation.
He was responding to a point of order raised by Mandevu MP Jean Kapata, who asked if the UPND was in order to question President Lungu’s travels around the country.
“Mr Speaker, is the UPND in order to question President Lungu’s visitation of people around the country?” Ms Kapata asked.