WE are ready to deal with political parties and other people who will attempt to destabilise the peace of the country before, during and after the elections, Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja has warned.
Mr Kanganja said his officers were ready to counter anything that would come the way and ensure that peace, law and order prevailed during the election period. He said Government had provided adequate tools for policing the elections this year, stating that all police divisions had benefited across the country.
Mr Kanganja said the Zambia Police Service was closely monitoring the security situation of the country, its coprimary responsibility. He was speaking in an interview. “Police will leave no stone unturned by ensuring that law and order is maintained during the election period.
We will not hesitate to sternly deal with anyone who will try to take the route of promoting lawlessness through hate speech and violence,” he said.
Mr Kanganja assured that the police had made great progress in preparation for this year’s general election with the assorted tools that were acquired for the service. The Inspector General advised all political parties and electoral stakeholders to observe the provisions of the law in the public order act.
He said it was important that all political players avoided all forms of chaos but conduct themselves in an orderly manner to avoid having problems with the men and women in uniform.