On behalf of the United Party for National Development (UPND), I would like to express our support to the stance taken by the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) to resolve through litigation long standing issues to do with:-
(i) The Public Order Act;
(ii) Statutory Instrument No. 33
(iii) The Right of Citizens to have a lawyer present at whatever stage of investigation.
United party for National Development on the copperbelt would like to condemn the continuous harassment of its members by the police and would like to condemn the latest arrest of our Lusaka Provincial Chairman Adrian Bauleni. We urge the police to carry out their investigations professionally and bring the real culprits to book unlike harassing innocent citizens. The police know what really happened and what is annoying is that the police went ahead to search UPND offices.As a party we find it difficult to understand as to why the police have allowed themselves to be used by the party in power at the expense of professionalism. This kind of governance is not good at all and the PF should desist from using the police to harass and incarcerate people anyhow. we are failing to understand why the police failed to arrest PF cadres who beat up Mr.Bauleni in Rufunsa, yet the same police are so quick to incarcerate him .This is unprofessionalism we are talking about. We are therefore demanding the immediate release of Mr. Bauleni. Secondly, we are therefore appealing to the police to carry out their investigations properly without influence from the politicians in government. United Party for National Development on the copper belt would like to condemn the continuous abuse of authority and public funds by the PF government the latest being the allocation of K1.5billion to the first lady’s office ,an office that does not exist at all. We feel this is illegal and amounts to theft of public money using the state institutions like parliament. We are therefore appealing to relevant institutions like DEC and ACC to take keen interest in this matter because there is no way the first lady could be allocated money when she does not hold any constitutional office for her to be given such a huge amount of state funds. We are appealing to Zambians to denounce this theft when most of our schools and pensioners haven't been given their monies. Issued by: Kennedy kalunga Copperbelt Spokesman.