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Respect each other’s roles in elections – Kanganja

KELVIN MBEWE, Lusaka
INSPECTOR General of Police Kakoma Kanganja has urged all stakeholders in the upcoming elections to understand and respect each other’s roles to prevent political violence.
Mr Kanganja said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that it will be difficult to prevent violence if there is no clear understanding of who plays what role.
“There will be no violence if we understand the role of the police, Electoral Commission of Zambia, political leaders and so on. As police, our role is to maintain peace and order. My advice to stakeholders is that they should also know the roles that they are going to play,” he said.
Mr Kanganja said the Zambia Police Service is holding a conference for all regional commanders and other stakeholders to plan how to ensure that the forth-coming elections are peaceful.
Mr Kanganja said the conference is mainly on instructing the commanders on how to administer the Public Order Act, how to police the elections and encourage them to be free and fair.
He advised all political leaders to heed President Lungu’s call for peace, reconciliation and forgiveness.
Mr Kanganja also advised Zambians to feel free to advise the police on how peace and fairness can be maintained in the up-coming elections.
In a separate interview, Minister of Home Affairs Davies Mwila said it is not the duty of the ministry to curtail the activities of cadres but that it is the job of their leaders to manage them.
Mr Mwila said political party leaders must take it upon themselves to lecture their cadres on the importance of dialogue and not violence.


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