Police are provoked by political violence claims Inspector General

IG Stella Libongani

IG Stella Libongani

Inspector General of Police Stella Libongani, says police officers are provoked when political cadres engage themselves in violent acts.

Ms. Libongani says the duty of security officers is merely to observe and ensure that peace, law and order are maintained.

She however said police officers charge when violence erupt. Ms. Libongani has since advised political parties and their cadres to desist from political violence,saying police officers and othes security agents will not entertain barbaric acts.

The Inspector General was speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Mkushi during her tour of Mkushi North, Chipata Central, Solwezi East and Kafulafuta where parliamentary by electio will be held on July 25 2013.

She urged the political parties participating in the comin by elections to campaign freely and assured them that she has sent enough police officers to all the areas. The IG has also commended political parties and other civil society geared to monitor the polls in the areas were complying to the police as well as adhering to the Electoral Code of Conduct.

And earlier Central Province Commanding officer Standwell Lungu disclosed that Mkushi North has not recorded any violence incident since nominations were held.
Lungu said he does not hope to see any pockets of violence in the area.

He quickly pointed out that there are security officers on the ground to adequately and fairly cover all political player. The PF, MMD, NAREP and UNIP are competiting in the elections slated for next week.