Minister of Home Affairs Stephen Kampyongo has dismissed cliams by the opposition UPND that the Zambia Police Service operates upon instructions of ruling PF members.
The Minister stated that PF cadres have had no power and authority over the police.
Mr. Kampyongo says instead police officers get instructions from the Commander In-chief of the Armed Forces or President Edgar Lungu, their respective High Command and otherwise also from him.
Mr. Kampyongo said this in parliament yesterday.
The Home Affairs affirmative in response said those behind bars offended the law and the should blame themselves.
Mr. Kampyongo said the law is fair even for PF members and not only selective towards misdeed of the opposition.
And Mr. Kampyongo says the Public Order Act (POA) is still a good law.
He however, invited submissions from the political parties, the church, MPs, civil society organisations and other stakeholders their contributions and suggestions to the POA in an effort to review this important piece of legislation.
Earlier , UPND Monze MP Jack Mwiimbu alledged that police officers get instructions from Provincial, District, Constituency and Youth Chairpersons to carry out their duties.
The Monze lawmaker claimed that UPND members were gravely disadvantaged by the police prior and during the post August 2016 general elections adding some prominent UPND members have been detained in custody for unfounded chargers.
By presstime, the House was still debating 2017 budgetary allocation to the departments/institutions: ZP, DEC Zambia Correctional Services among others under the Ministry of Home Affairs.