Government has re-affirmed its commitment to ensuring that this year’s general election is held in a violent free environment.
Minister of Home Affairs Davis Mwila has assured the nation that the police will maintain law and order before, during and after the elections.
Delivering a Ministerial statement in Parliament on the recent violent incidents at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe, Choma and MMD secretariat, Mr Mwila said government has taken measures to ensure there is law and order in the country.
On the Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe airport incident where suspected PF cadres blocked former Matero Member of Parliament Miles Sampa from a Proflight plane, Mr Mwila said five people have been charged and security personnel has been beefed up at the airport.
And on the Choma incident where suspected UPND cadres blocked motorists who failed to flash the UPND party symbol, Mr MWILA said over 20 people were arrested and 11 people charged with riotous behaviour.
On the recent clashes between two rival factions of the MMD at the party secretariat, Mr Mwila said 4 people were arrested and charged with malicious damage to property.
The Minister also said government is engaging political parties to sensitise their members on the need to refrain from acts of violence.