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Police gear up for by-elections

NANCY SIAME, Lusaka
OVER 200 police officers have been deployed to Senga Hill to intensify patrols and ensure that law and order is maintained for the April 14 by-election.
Northern Province deputy commissioner of police Alfred Nawa said in an interview yesterday that the officers from the northern division have been deployed to Chozi, Mambwe and Senga Hill.
Mr Nawa said there has been no major incident so far as campaigns are being conducted in a peaceful manner.
“It is peaceful and as we speak, I am on the ground and the campaigns are going on well without any violence,” he said.
He expressed optimistic that the situation will continue even as the election day draws closer.
Mr Nawa said the police do not want to intimidate anyone and urged political parties to conduct themselves in a mature manner.
And Lusaka Province commissioner of police Charity Katanga said a “good number” of officers have also been deployed to Chawama constituency to conduct patrols.
Ms Katanga said the number is meant to beef up the already existing manpower in the constituency.
“We have deployed adequate manpower though I am reluctant to say the number,” she said.
Efforts to get a comment from Copperbelt commissioner of police Joyce Kasosa proved futile as her mobile phones went unanswered.
The Senga Hill, Chawama and Masaiti by-elections will all be held on April 14.
The Senga Hill and Masaiti seats fell vacant after they were nullified by the courts of law due to electoral malpractice while the Chawama seat fell vacant after the election of Edgar Lungu as republican President.

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