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PeP Leader Wants Fire Truck Protest Okayed

Patriots for Economic Progress (PeP) president Sean Tembo has challenged the police’s decision by the police bar the proposed protest against the procurement of the $42 million fire trucks.

Tembo has taken the matter to the Lusaka High Court arguing that the action by the police amounted to breach of the constitution.

He has disputed the directive that the protesters seek a permit from the Lusaka City Council to protest against the fire trucks purchase.

Tembo wants the court to determine whether or not regulation 16b and 19 of the local government Act imposes an obligation on his party to obtain written permission from LCC in addition to full compliance with the public order Act in order for them to exercise their freedom of expression, assembly and association.

He also wants the court to determine whether or not conflict exists between the bill of rights as enshrined in articles 20 and 21 of the Republican Constitution with regard to freedom of expression, assembly and association and the local government Act and if so which law should take precedence in view of established case law in this area.

Lastly the PeP leader wants the court to determine whether or not the Zambia Police Service has lawful authority to stop a lawful protest from proceeding for the mere reason that there is no evidence of an alleged written permit from the LCC.

Tembo has argued that freedom of expression, assembly and association are fundamental rights entrenched in the bill of rights in the republican constitution.

6 Comments

  1. Winnipeg Nyirongo

    Go Sean Tembo Go, we are behind you. You are the voice to the voiceless Zambians who can not be heard even if they talk to this Government of the day which has no ear to the lamenting and poor Zambians. The freedom of expression, assembly and association are the fundamental rights of each and every meaningful Zambian. You are the Powerful Opposition Political Party which offers checks and balances whenever the Government in Power misuses the public funds.

  2. Idiocy Detector

    I really do not know how much the Zambians have been bewitched or if the witch is so powerful that some Zambians have become idiots who cannot tell the difference between thieves and normal people. How can you accept the same 300g bread at two prices of K12 and K200 respectively? The world and all serious and normal Zambians know that those wheel barrows cost less than $250,000 each so why have those who are denying normal Zambians accepted $1m as normal price and stand in support of thieves without shame? Busushi nangu butufi?

  3. Idiocy Detector

    Missing word – denying normal Zambians the right to protest

  4. Fisunge

    Idiocy detector said those fire tenders cost less than $250,000 ho much exactly is the price and if he knows exactly why doubts here we want the ACC to probe and then protest after we know the truth not on hearsay that’s why the police can not give you the permits because there’s no material evidence

  5. DEEP THROAT

    Correction:
    He said they cost less than $250,000 EACH.
    No comment. Matter in court.

  6. os

    KKK ubomba mwibala alya mwibala try to understand is proverb.
    It true Ni animal farm.

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