Open Society Foundation (OSF) has challenged the Zambia Police to clarify the criteria being used in the application of the Public Order Act.
Foundation Executive Director Sunday Chanda charged that it is unjustifiable for police to stop opposition political parties from holding meeting and mobilizing structures when the ruling party is doing so.
Mr Chanda has since urged police to state whether PF secretary general Wynter Kabimba obtained a permit to conduct the meetings he has been holding country-wide.
Yesterday, police in full riot gear blocked MMD leader Nevers Mumba from addressing party officials in Vubwi in Eastern Province.
Vubwi police officer in Charge Superintendent Manda told Dr Mumba who was supposed to have an indoor meeting with district, constituency and ward officials that he was under instructions not to allow any meetings in the district due to the pending parliamentary by-election.