Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo has assured Zambians that Police will not abuse the extra powers bestowed on them owing to the invocation of the Declaration of threatened State of Public Emergency which was approved in Parliament recently.
Speaking before the adjournment of parliament yesterday, Kampyongo said he was aware that many stakeholders had reservations regarding the powers vested in the Zambia Police for various reasons but maintained that the law enforcement agencies will operate within their specified jurisdiction as empowered by the Zambian laws.
Kampyongo emphasized that law was very clear on how Zambia Police should operate during the Declaration of a threatened State of Public Emergency and reiterated President Edgar Lungu’s assurance that there is no need for Zambians to live in anxiety because only criminals will be affected during the operations.
Kampyongo warned that Police will use minimum force to protect citizens and property across the country and he revealed that Government through his Ministry has already began the process of deploying more man power on the ground to ensure that the safety of citizens is protected.
“I want to assure Zambians that Police will not abuse the extra powers bestowed on them owing to the invocation of the Declaration of threatened State of Public Emergency which was approved in Parliament recently” Kampyongo said
Meanwhile, Patriots for Economic Progress (PeP) President Sean Enock Tembo has challenged the invocation of article 31 of the Constitution and declaration of a Threatened State of Emergency by the Republican President, through the Courts of Law.
Tembo said since President Lungu relied on the conclusion that the fire at Lusaka City Market was arson in making his declaration, then the time frame between when the fire took place and when the threatened state of emergency was declared on was too short for any substantive investigations to have been undertaken and a conclusion that the fire was arson which is a clear indication that the declaration was not based on facts.
“The declaration by President Lungu was not based on facts” Tembo said