By Hannock Kasama

The Zambian Government has refuted claims by Amnesty International that Zambians are being ruled with repression and fear.

Information and Broadcasting Services Permanent Secretary Amos Malupenga has also disputed the findings by the organization that some Zambians have been arrested for exercising their freedoms of expression, Assembly and Association.

Malupenga says it is not unusual for Organisations such as Amnesty International to cause panic when they anticipate that the outcome of the impending general election will not suit their preferred political parties.

He told ZNBC News in Lusaka on Tuesday that Zambia upholds Freedoms of Expression, Assembly and Association.

Malupenga said civil society organizations are never curtailed from criticizing government and political players are free to conduct public meetings in accordance with COVID-19 Guidelines.

Meanwhile, Malupenga has assured Zambians and the international community that government is determined to hold free and fair elections.

Source: ZNBC《》ZZ