The UPND has condemned police in Mongu for indiscriminately using brutality in their quest to investigate the persons behind the fracas that occurred at Vice President, Inonge Wina’s residence in Nalolo district last week.
This follows the beating up of UPND Western Province Provincial vice Youth Chairperson, Mbangu Mbangu’s family, by armed police officers in Mongu in the early hours of Monday.
Police went to Mbangu’s house to seek him but did not find him.
UPND Kaoma District Coordinator, Kenny Ndumba, said the police officers, who executed the beatings, were being overzealous and their action was what President Edgar Lungu alluded to in his last press conference.
President Lungu, in answering to a query on political violence, said his government does not want to engage the police in resolving political violence as some officers can be excited when executing their duty.
Mr Ndumba said the police in Mongu exercised the very excitement that President Lungu talked about when they beat up innocent people who might not have even travelled to Nalolo district for them to be subjected to brutality.
He said Zambia is a Christian nation where dialogue should be used as opposed to violence just as the Head of State advised during the last press conference.
Mr Ndumba said even when there has been a change of government in Zambia all past presidents have handed over the mantle of power peacefully and this trend should continue.
He said that the use of police brutality to solve political violence will only breed more violence and eventually result in anarchy.
Efforts to get a comment from Western Province Police Commissioner, Standwell Lungu, failed as his mobile phone went unanswered.