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We’re geared to police polls – Kanganja

CATHERINE MUMBA, Chisamba
INSPECTOR-GENERAL of Police Kakoma Kanganja has assured all political players and Zambians that police will do what is legally and professionally correct in policing the forthcoming elections.
And Mr Kanganja has directed all police officers to be professional, firm and fair when dealing with various political players.
He said it is the expectation of the police command that all its officers will desist from participating in politics, but will be psychologically and physically prepared to serve the nation with honesty and a high sense of professionalism.
Mr Kanganja said this in a speech read on his behalf by his deputy, Eugene Sibote, at the official opening of a five-day stakeholders’ workshop on the review of the Zambia Police Service election policing materials in Chisamba yesterday.
“I, therefore, wish to direct all police officers to be professional, firm and fair when dealing with various political players,” he said.
Mr Kanganja said in policing the forthcoming elections, it is the police command’s desire that issues related to human rights of all citizens are observed and not ‘unnecessarily’ violated.
He assured the nation that the police will do everything within the law to ensure that peace prevails before, during and after the forthcoming elections.
“I wish to call upon all Zambians and political parties to co-operate with the police in this process,” Mr Kanganja said.
The aim of the workshop is to revise the handbooks on policing elections, police training manuals and pocket books on policing elections that will guide the police in the elections.
Meanwhile, Mr Sibote has urged political party leaders to participate in a meeting the police will soon call to agree on conduct of both parties during and after the elections.
Mr Sibote said the Public Order Act is not in any way being used against opposition political parties as alleged by some sections of society but it is being used to maintain law and order.

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