The Patriotic Front have called on police to get to the bottom of the shooting incident that took place in the early hours of Tuesday in Lubansenshi involving rival groups.
PF Lubansenshi parliamentary by election Campaign Manager Freedom Sikazwe distanced his party from the fracas which involved the firing of two shots in the air.
Mr. Sikazwe said the incident has been reduced to speculation as police were still investigating the matter.
He said the PF has maintained peace and restrained its members from any sort of retaliation since setting foot in Lubansenshi.
And Deputy Minister in office of the Vice President Stephen Kampyongo praised the police in the area for being vigilant.
Mr. Kampyongo also confirmed that PF and UPND had a meeting facilitated by the police to ensure peace and stability ahead of the parliamentary by-elections on Thursday.
And Zambia Police Service has urged all the political players in the by-elections that will be held tomorrow 24th September 2015 in Solwezi West and Lubasenshi Constituencies to abide by the provisions of the Electoral Code of Conduct.
In a statement released to the media today by Spokeswoman Charity Munganga-Chanda, Zambia Police assured the electorates in the two Constituencies that officers will be at hand to ensure that they exercise their democratic right freely without any form of intimidation or threats.
” As Zambia Police, we have reinforced manpower in both constituencies and stepped up our patrols to handle any volatile situation that may arise.
We expect all political parties to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner and that Police officers will receive maximum cooperation from all the stakeholders during and after the by-elections,” read the statement
The Statement concluded by saying “All those who will opt to perpetrate any form of electoral violence will be dealt with according to the provisions of the law. We therefore urge members of the public to report anyone suspected to abrogate the provisions of the electoral code of conduct to the nearest Police officer or stakeholder.”