PF has taken Zambia backwards – Nevers

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Opposition Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) president Nevers Mumba says there is nothing worth of excitement about the move by the Police to allow the United Party for National Development (UPND) to hold a public rally.

Dr. Mumba says the holding of rallies and other public gatherings in the country form part of democratic rights and freedoms people are entitled to enjoy in a country like Zambia.

Dr. Mumba has told Qfm in a telephone interview that it is actually embarrassing on the part of the Patriotic Front (PF) government that things had to reach to a point of breakthrough to enjoy such fundamental rights and freedoms for people to freely assemble in a democratic country like Zambia.

He observes that the trend of repeatedly denying the opposition permission to hold public gatherings is also a shame to the nation, adding that the PF government has taken Zambia backwards in the way it is perceived by the international community.

Dr. Mumba has since indicated the MMD’s intensions to notify the Police on plans to hold several rallies across the country as a way of observing the PF government as to whether the decision to allow the UPND to hold a rally was done in an ad hoc manner or not.

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