Inspector General of Police Ephraim Mateyo has urged political parties participating in the forthcoming Milanzi by-election to conduct their campaigns peacefully and avoid violence.
Mr. Mateyo, in a statement released to ZANIS in Lusaka today, said political parties participating in the by-election must keep in mind that violence will not be allowed as a way of enticing or forcing voters to vote for preferred candidates.
He disclosed that the commanding officer for paramilitary battalion senior assistant commissioner of police Peacewell Mweemba and his officers have already been dispatched to Milanzi for the purpose of reinforcing the already existing manpower in Milanzi constituency.
Meanwhile, Mr. Mateyo has directed the police on the Copperbelt to tighten security at Chililabombwe stadium in view of the impending international soccer match between Zambia and Swaziland on Saturday this weekend.
Mr. Mateyo said football cuts across national boundaries and any form of violence or conduct that instills fear will not be accepted because the results will be determined on the pitch.
He added that he has directed that offices assigned to police the stadium both in and outside are only given long and short buttons and should ensure that unnecessary congestion inside the stadium does not arise.
“I have no doubt that enough police human resource will be available in order to address areas of conflict, should need arise,” he said.