Police on the Copper belt have stopped the opposition National Democratic Congress NDC to go ahead with its planned Central Committee meeting.
The meeting was supposed to have been held as an indoor gathering in Luanshya this Saturday.
NDC General Secretary Mwenya Musenge has described as political persecution the maneuvers by police to block the planned meeting.
And Mr Musenge has disclosed that the NDC will next week drag Home Affairs Minister Steven Kampyongo to court over the selective application of the Public Order Act.
Mr. Musenge has explained that the police command on the Copper belt has since urged the party to apply for a permit if the meeting is to be sanctioned.
He added that the NDC will not bowl to Kampyongo for them to be given police permits.
He said it is surprising that the police command has allowed the pf to hold meetings even without permits.
The NDC General Secretary has reminded the Home Affairs Minister that Zambia is a democratic country adding that NDC members are free to convene without being harassed or intimidated.
Mr. Musenge said the pf is using the police command to block any scheduled NDC gathering’s.
He has described the move to block Saturdays gathering as regrettable.
The NDC General Secretary said nothing will stop the party from mobilizing its members despite attempts to gag the activities of the party by Government.
He said police through out the country have been given strict instructions to silence the NDC.
Saturdays gathering was supposed to be the second MCC meeting to be held by the newly formed party.
The first NDC central committee meeting was held on December 31 st last year.
The central committee is the highest decision making body in the NDC.
NDC consultant Dr Chishimba Kambwili was earmarked to address the central committee.
Dr. Kambwili was scheduled to make key pronouncements on the operations of the NDC.
And Mr Musenge has urged party member’s country wide to continue interacting and engaging one another despite being blocked by police.
He added that the NDC was unstoppable and remains resolved to represent and talk for the people of Zambia.
A fortnight ago, three NDC member’s in Mporokoso district were arrested for holding an indoor mobilization meeting.
In January, police in Mufulira also harassed NDC leader’s who were holding a planning meeting in kansunswa township.
And the NDC will field candidates in all the 15 local government seats countrywide.
Mr. Musenge has also announced that the party will contest the Chilanga seat, Munali and lusaka central parliamentary by elections when the Electoral Commission of Zambia ECZ declares the seats vacant.
Issued by: NDC Media Team.