Opposition parties to protest govt extravagance on Dec 14
By Staff Reporter
THE National Democratic Congress, UPND and six other opposition political parties have notified police in Lusaka for a peaceful demonstration on Friday next week, December 14.
The police notice was filed at Lusaka Central Police Station around 10: 00 hours this morning by UPND mobilisation chairperson Sylvia Masebo and National Democratic Congress (NDC) deputy secretary general Bridget Atanga.
According to the notification letter dated December 6 and addressed to Lusaka Province police commissioner and undersigned by Alliance for Development and Democracy (ADD) president Charles Milupi, the opposition political parties would be demonstrating against Cabinet extravagance.
“Our main reason for this march is to demonstrate against Cabinet’s decision to award themselves an exorbitant salary increase of K42, 000 without regard to the prevailing poor economic situation in the country and low salaries for key sectors,” stated Milupi.
“We also want to demand the repayment of any monies that have been paid to the ministers irregularly as a result of this decision which is against the provisions of the presidential and ministerial emoluments Act. The planned march will end with statements on the same from various opposition political and civil society national leaders.”
UPND secretary general Stephen Katuka later told journalists that a consortium of political parties in the opposition agreed that “we should, by next week, move a demonstration against government’s decision to award themselves a hefty increment of salaries.”
“The demonstration will take place on Friday next week. As Constitution, we needed to notify seven days before the event and we agreed that we submit that we submit the notification which we have done today and I have a copy of the letter receipted by the police,” Katuka said.
“As per the law, within five days they are supposed to respond to us. It is not a permit as such but a notification. Whatever the response, the Zambian people will be informed through the press.”
He appealed to the public to know that the scheduled demonstration was not for political parties but about economically deprived Zambians.
“We appeal to you Zambians that please, come and join us next week for this peaceful demonstration – it’s about your money, it about your lives. Zambians are wallowing in poverty when some people want to steal money in broad day light,” noted Katuka.
According to Katuka, People’s Alliance for Change (PAC), Patriots for Economic Progress (PeP), United Prosperous and Peaceful Zambia (UPPZ), People’s Party and RCP are the other political parties that make up the consortium.