The Zambia Police Service has warned the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) of punitive action if they go ahead with their planned public protest scheduled for next Wednesday.
The UPND had announced plans to hold a public protest to press government to address the economic challenges facing the people of Zambia.
In a letter to the UPND obtained by QFM News, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Nelson Phiri has advised the party not to proceed with their intentions of having a public protest because police are engaged in other important duties during this period.
Meanwhile UPND Deputy Secretary General, Kuchunga Simusamba,has told QFM in an interview that the party will go ahead with its planned public protest despite the failure by police to grant them permission to do so.
Mr. Simusamba says the statement by the Deputy Commissioner of Police that the police have other important things to do is an insult to the party.
He says it is unfortunate that the Zambia Police does not understand the principle of democracy and that it is for this reason that the party is going ahead with its planned public protest on Wednesday next week.