Government has warned political parties taking part in the three forthcoming parliamentary by-elections in Mulobezi, Malambo and Petauke against ferrying party cadres from other parts of the country to the constituencies.
Acting Chief Government Spokesperson Ngosa Simbyakula,
who is also Minister of Justice, said reports that some political parties were planning to ferry their supporters to the three constituencies especially Mulobezi were disturbing.
Dr. Simbyakula said in a statement to ZANIS that political parties should note that imported cadres were known for instigating political violence.He said it was unfair for any outsider to disrupt the most cherished peace and tranquillity the people of Mulobezi hold so dear to their hearts.
Dr. Simbyakula has since urged political parties to allow the people of Mulobezi to exercise their free will and judgement in the choosing of a candidate of their choice to be their representative without influence of outsiders.He has also reminded all political parties that the culture of violence was not only archaic but unZambian and unacceptable.
He said Zambia was known for peace and tranquillity which the people have enjoyed for the past 50 years.Dr. Simbyakula has further stated that it was the desire of government as well as every well-meaning Zambian that this status quo continues.
Meanwhile, Western Province Police Commissioner Standwell Lungu has said the situation in Mulobezi constituency was calm and peaceful.
Mr. Lungu said there were enough police officers on the ground to curtail any violence that may occur ahead of the June 30, 2015 parliamentary by-elections.
He told the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in a telephone interview from Mulobezi that there has been no other violence in the area from the time the first shooting incident happened at the weekend.
He also disclosed that the three people who were arrested following the violence will appear in court soon after the Director of Public Prosecutor gives a fiat to go ahead with the case.
Mr. Lungu said once a go ahead is given to the Zambia police, then criminal proceedings will commence against the suspects in the courts of law.
And Mr. Lungu has disclosed that the person who was shot in Mulobezi is recovering adding that he will be discharged today according to the doctor’s statement to the Zambia Police Service.
Mr. Lungu also said the bullet has been extracted from the victim’s buttocks and that his condition was good to facilitate his discharge from the hospital where he has been recovering.
And Mr. Lungu has warned the would- be perpetrators of violence in Mulobezi, constituency that they will be dealt severely by the police.
Mr. Lungu said there was enough manpower in the constituency to deal ruthlessly with any law breakers.
He said those contemplating to cause violence in the constituency were doing so at their own risk.