CATHERINE MUMBA, Lusaka
THE Ministry of Home Affairs has procured over 100 vehicles worth US$43 million for the Zambia Police Service to be used in the run-up to the August 11 tripartite elections.
And the British government has commended Government for enacting a new people-driven constitution.
Speaking shortly after the Deputy British High Commissioner to Zambia, Lucy Joyce, paid a courtesy call on him at his office in Lusaka yesterday, Minister of Home Affairs Davies Mwila said the vehicles were purchased using a loan that Government secured from Standard Chartered Bank to ensure that the police are well equipped for the forth-coming elections.
â€œGovernment has procured more than 100 vehicles using a loan that it got from Stanchart to make it easy for the police to move around the country in the run-up to the August 11 elections,â€ he said.
Mr Mwila also said his ministry hasÂ procured 180 motorbikes, uniforms and riot kits to make it easy for the police to effectively execute theirÂ duties in case of violence.
He said Ms Joyce also inquired on the application of the Public Order Act following President Lunguâ€™s directive that ministers of Justice and Home Affairs get submissions from stakeholders on whether it should be amended or not.
Mr Mwila said he informed Ms Joyce that the process has started and stakeholders have started making submissions to the ministry.
â€œWe will have a meeting with all stakeholders to discuss whether the Public Order Act should be amended or not, â€œMr Mwila said.
Mr Mwila assured Ms Joyce that the Public Order Act will be applied the way it is.
Ms Joyce also wanted to get an update on the Anti-Terrorism Centre and has a budget line which will enable the centre to be established.
Mr Mwila said the envoy inquired about the refugees and he explained to her that the country has received over 1,000 Burundian refugees and is still accommodating former Rwandan refugees who have refused to get passports so that they can be integrated.
And Mr Mwila said the British government is happy with the enactment of the constitution.
Ms Joyce said President Lungu will leave a mark as one of the presidents who have assented to the amendments in the constitution.
Mr Mwila said there will not be any amendments to the constitution until after the elections.
CATHERINE MUMBA, Lusaka