1. As Patriots for Economic Progress (PeP), we have decided to undertake a protest against the continued harassment and intimidation of the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) and its Officers, by the PF and its Government. This harassment and intimidation has simply been because of the resoluteness of FIC to discharge its primary mandate and unveil high levels of corruption by the PF and its stalwarts. To this end, we have today issued a notice to the Zambia Police Service regarding our protest, in compliance with Section 5 subsection (4) of the Public Order Act, Cap 113 of the Laws of Zambia.
2. The protest against FIC harassment and intimidation will take place on Wednesday, 27th June 2018 starting at 1000hrs. Protestors will assemble at the main entrance to the Parliament of Zambia building and thereafter proceed with the march along Great East Road upto Manda Hill traffic lights and then proceed with Addis Ababa Avenue, all the way to Ministry of Justice Headquarters , where a Petition will be presented to the Minister of Justice or his Representative. The protestors will then march back to the main entrance of the Parliament of Zambia building using the same route, where they will then disperse.
3. As Patriots for Economic Progress, we appeal to all the upstanding citizens of this Republic to come and join this protest. We need to send a clear and unequivocal message to the PF and its Government that we shall not allow a situation whereby honest and upright citizens such as the Officers of the Financial Intelligence Centre, are intimidated and harassed by criminal elements that are affiliated to the ruling party. To the contrary, it is the criminal elements that must be intimidated by us, the upright citizens of this Republic.
4. As Patriots for Economic Progress, we would like to take this opportunity to appeal to the Republican President, Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, to desist from abusing his presidential powers to interfere with our planned protest. We are fully aware that the President can, with impunity, violate our freedoms, rights and liberties of association, expression and assembly as enshrined by articles 20 and 21 of the Republican Constitution, as he has ably demonstrated in the past, but we are asking him to allow the citizens to express themselves and proceed with the protest this time around.
Thank You and May God Bless the Great Citizens of the Republic of Zambia and Our Ailing Nation.
SEAN ENOCK TEMBO (SET)
PATRIOTS FOR ECONOMIC PROGRESS (PeP)