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Police independent, professional – Libongani

LIBONGANI

JIMMY CHIBUYE, Lusaka
INSPECTOR-GENERAL of Police Stella Libongani has refuted allegations by the Churches Association of Zambia (CCZ) that police officers are working under special instructions from the “command”.
Ms Libongani said in a statement yesterday that police officers are not working under instructions from any person but executing their duties according to the law.
“We wish to state that police officers are professionally trained and have the capacity to investigate any case that is brought before them without following any instructions. This is as indicated in Judges Rule’s number one,” she said.
Ms Libongani said the shooting incident in Mulobezi on June 6, three cases of threatening violence, unlawful wounding and possession of offensive weapons or materials are under investigations.
She said two other cases of assault and destroying campaign materials are also being probed.
Ms Libongani said in view of the forthcoming parliamentary by-elections in Petauke Central and Malambo constituencies, enough police officers have already been deployed to maintain law and order, and handle any volatile situation that may arise.
She said those who will opt to perpetrate electoral violence will be dealt with according to the provisions of the law.
Ms Libongani said so far, no form of electoral violence has been recorded in Petauke and Malambo constituencies.
She said it is the police’s desire that the by-elections will be free from any form of electoral violence.
“Therefore, we are appealing to all political parties and players taking part in these by-elections to abide by the provisions of the Public Order Act and consult the police or security personnel for guidance where they may not be clear or feel threatened,” Ms Libongani said.
She said police expect all political parties to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner and that the law enforcement officers will receive maximum cooperation from all the stakeholders before, during and after the by-elections.




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