Inspector General of Police Stella Libongani says her service has sent a reinforcement comprising 120 police officers to Samfya District ahead of the Bangweulu constituency by-elections to forestall electoral violence.
Ms. Libongani said the presence of Police officers in the district will help prevent acts of violence which have been happening in the recently held by-elections around the country.
The Inspector General of Police said this in Samfya District when she addressed her officers.
Ms. Libongani said the Zambia Police Service intends to deliver a violent free election and would not want to see the violence which happened in Mulobezi by-elections repeat itself elsewhere.
In this regard, check points will be mounted on all roads to ensure that no one from outside brings weapons which could be used for violence.
She however warned police not to infringe peoples’ rights and urged the police officers who will be on check points to effectively search people and vehicles and confiscate any offensive weapons found.
Ms. Libongani cautioned members of the public not to take the law in their own hands but instead report any forms of violence to law enforcement
The officers in Samfya were asked to coordinate with and embrace other units like the Electoral Commission of Zambia, the civil society and political leaders.
The people of Bangweulu Constituency in Samfya go to the polls next week on August 6th.The seat fell vacant after the death of the area Member of Parliament Chifita Matafwali.