Police Inspector General Kakoma Kanganja has assured Zambians that their lives are protected during this time when the country’s democracy is undergoing a critical test, reports Pan African Radio Journalist Hermit Hachilonde.
In a statement, Kanganja said the Police Service has put in place standby riot police in all the ten provinces of Zambia to maintain law and order especially after the Constitutional Court pronounces its verdict on the petition submitted last week by the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) over electoral malpractices in the 11th August 2016 general elections and national referendum vote.
He has since appealed to the general public to ignore all such propaganda spreading through the social media that there will be a civil strife if the Concourt’s ruling shall be biased towards one political party.
“We are ready for whatever the outcome will be. All provinces have put in place standby forces to with any situation. I wish therefore to assure the general public that they must feel protected and ignore all the propaganda that’s being spread through the social media” Kakoma kanganja said
Mr Kanganja disclosed that standby forces have been put in place to withstand any situation after the constitution court’s ruling regarding the presidential petition.
Since the opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema and his running mate Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba challenged the declaration of President Edgar Chagwa Lungu as a winner of the 11th August, 2016 polls, the community now lives in anxiety.
Some individuals have since anticipated that there will be violence in the country after the constitutional court’s ruling.
Calls on Zambia Police Service have been made by some interested stakeholders to seriously prepare and put stringent measures in maintaining law and order in the country whether the ruling will be in favour or against the ruling party.
Within a stipulated period not exceeding 14 days the Constitutional Court has to make a ruling that will be deemed final regarding the UPND petition.
Meanwhile, President Edgar Lungu has urged Zambians to continue praying for peace and unity in the aftermath of the August 11 elections.
Speaking at St Ignatius Catholic church where he attended Mass this morning, President Lungu emphasised the need for upholding peace in the nation.
The President said he is disturbed with reports that government offices in Lukulu district of Western province have been burnt by suspected UPND cadres.
President Lungu says he thought threats of Armageddon by the UPND were mere political rhetoric but is saddened that it is now proving to be reality through acts of violence the party is perpetuating in some parts of the country.
The Head of State says he will endeavour to maintain peace and unity in the country.
And speaking during Mass, St Ignatius priest Father Charles Chilinda said the church is disturbed with the growing trend of regional voting that characterized the polls.
He said all people are equal in the sight of God.
Fr. Chilinda says what distinguishes good leaders from the bad ones is humility.
And a prayer was offered to dedicate President Lungu following his election victory.
In his prayer, Fr Chilinda prayed that God empowers President Lungu with strength to embrace every Zambian.