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Curb political violence, Mwila urges Police

VIOLET MENGO, Lusaka
MINISTER of Home Affairs Davis Mwila has urged the Zambia Police (ZP) to put in place adequate and appropriate measures against political violence.
Mr Mwila said 2016 is a very crucial year in which the country will hold presidential, parliamentary and local government elections and so it is important to ensure a violence-free environment for all players.
He said this in Lusaka yesterday when he officially opened a police commanders’ conference – an annual strategic planning meeting, whose participants are top police officers.
The minister urged them to actively participate in the deliberations and come up with decisive strategies that will bring all perpetrators of violence to book regardless of their political standing.
“Share your ideas and past experiences with patriotism at heart so that your eventual national security plan can guarantee our people the much desired peace and order,” Mr Mwila said.
He urged them to always be ahead of every criminally minded person no matter their status in society.
And Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja said the Zambia Police in the third quarter of 2015 recorded a total of 42,090 incidences of crime, compared to 47,490 recorded in the same period in 2014, representing a reduction of 11 percent.
Mr Kanganja said the reduction in crime demonstrates the effectiveness of their crime preventive strategies.
“It is disheartening, however, to note that the rate of road traffic accidents has continued to increase resulting in deaths, injuries and damage to property,” Mr Kanganja said.
In 2015, police recorded 25,238 road traffic accidents by the third quarter of the year, compared to 24,109 in the previous year.
He urged the commanders to come up with effective strategies to reduce road traffic accidents.
Mr Kanganja said the conference will come up with strategies on how to ensure that this year’s elections are held in a peaceful and conducive environment.
He said the meeting is aimed at enhancing the unit of command in the police through interaction and exchange of ideas.
“We are grateful that Government has procured 180 vehicles and 180 motorbikes for the service which will go a long way in easing the transport problems and enhancing operations,” Mr Kanganja said.
He told the minister that the service has continued to face challenges of inadequate human resource, transport, accommodation and dilapidated residential and office accommodation.



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