The Zambia Police has refuted allegations by the Council of Churches of Zambia (CCZ) that police officers are working under special instructions from Command.
“We wish to state that Police officers are professionally trained and have the capacity to investigate any case that is brought before them without following any instructions, this is as indicated in Judges rules Number one,” Inspector General of Police Stella Libongani said.
She said arising from the shooting incident which happened in Mulobezi on 6th June, three cases of threatening violence, unlawful wounding and possession of offensive weapons or materials are currently under investigations.
Additionally, two other cases of assault and destroying campaign materials are also being investigated.
In view of the forth-coming by-elections in Mulobezi, Petauke and Malambo constituencies, Ms Libongani said enough police officers have already been deployed on the ground to maintain law and order as well as handle any volatile situation that may arise. She added that those who will opt to perpetrate electoral violence will be dealt with according to the provisions of the law. So far, no form of electoral violence has been recorded in Petauke and Malambo constituencies.
“It is our desire that these by- elections will be free of any further form of electoral violence. Therefore, we are appealing to all political parties and players taking part in these by-elections to abide by the provisions of the Public Order Act and consult the Police or Security personnel for guidance where they may not be clear or feel threatened,” she said.
“We expect all political parties to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner and that we will receive maximum cooperation from all the stakeholders before, during and after the by-elections.”