Police ready for Bangweulu by-election

THE Zambia Police Service in Luapula Province has warned it will not brook any violence in the August 6, 2015 Bangweulu Parliamentary by-election.
Provincial deputy commissioner of police Webby Shula said in Samfya on Thursday that police will not tolerate what happened in Mulobezi because they want people to make their choices freely.
“We will not allow any confusion here like what happened in Mulobezi. As police we are ready for this by-election. We’ve officers on the ground to arrest anyone who will engage in violence,” Mr Shula said.
He urged all the political parties participating in the election to conduct their campaigns peacefully.
“This is a timely warning. Anyone who is going to break the law, the law will follow them. We don’t want any confusion here,” Mr Shula said.
He commended the parties whose candidates successfully filed their nomination papers for being peaceful.
“As at now, the situation is under control. We have had no problems from the political parties. We haven’t received any report of any incident so far and that’s the way it should be,” Mr Shula said.
He said police have mobilised enough officers to ensure peaceful campaigns.
Six candidates filed their nomination papers successfully while the seventh, an independent, withdrew from the race at the last minute.
The Bangweulu seat became vacant after the death of member of Parliamentarian Chifita Matafwali.

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