Southern Province Police Commissioner Bonny Kapeso has warned that police will deal ruthlessly with anyone attempting to cause confusion in the province on Tuesday, 18th April 2017.
Mr Kapeso has since directed all police officers in the province to be in full riot attire and be ready to confront any form of violence in their districts.
In a statement, Mr Kapeso said, “this announcement serves to confirm that tomorrow, Tuesday 18th April, 2017, all police officers, in southern province, are hereby directed to be in full riot attire and be ready to confront and neutralize any form of violence in their districts without fail.”
“To all members of public who desire to live in peace, am asking them to stay away from violence if they value their lives. tomorrow is seen as a litmus test for the police in Southern Province. prevention is better than cure, lest I am blamed that I did not forewarn my brothers and sisters in the province,” Mr Kapeso warned.
Incarcerated UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema and five supporters are expected to be presented before court on Tuesday to answer criminal charges including that of treason.