The Zambia Police has refuted allegations by the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) that Police officers are working under special instructions from the Command.
Inspector General of Police Stella Libongani in a statement says Police officers are professionally trained and have the capacity to investigate any case that is brought before them without following any instructions.
And Ms Libongani says enough Police officers have already been deployed on the ground to maintain law and order as well as handle any volatile situation that may arise ahead of the by-elections in Mulobezi, Petauke and Malambo constituencies.
She has warned that those who will opt to perpetrate electoral violence will be dealt with according to the provisions of the law.
The Police Inspector General states that so far, no form of electoral violence has been recorded in Petauke and Malambo constituencies.
Ms Libongani says it is the desire of the Police that these by- elections will be free of any further form of electoral violence.
She has since appealed to all political parties and players taking part in the 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 says Police expect all political parties to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner and cooperate with Police before, during and after the by-elections.
Meanwhile Police are still investigating the shooting incident which happened in Mulobezi on 6th June, three cases of threatening violence, unlawful wounding and possession of offensive weapons.
Ms Libongani adds that two other cases of assault and destroying campaign materials are also being investigated.