Police are provoked by political violence – IG

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Inspector General of Police (IG), Stella Libongani, says police officers are provoked when political cadres engage themselves in violent acts.

Ms Libongani says the duty of security officers is merely to observe and ensure that peace, law and order are maintained.

She, however, says police officers charge when violence erupts.

Ms Libongani has since advised political parties and their cadres to desist from political violence, saying police officers and other security agents will not entertain barbaric acts.

The Inspector General was speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Mkushi district during her tour of Mkushi North, Chipata Central, Solwezi East and Kafulafuta where parliamentary by-elections will be held on July 25, 2013.

Ms Libongani urged the political parties participating in the fort-coming by-elections to campaign freely and assured that she has sent enough police officers to all the four areas.

She expressed gratitude that political parties and other civil society organisations geared to monitor the polls in Mkushi North and other areas were complying to the men and women in uniform as well as adhering to the Electoral Code of Conduct.

And speaking earlier, Central Province Police Commanding Officer, Standwell Lungu, disclosed that Mkushi North has not recorded any violence incidenct since nominations were held.

Commissioner Lungu said he does not hope to see any pockets of violence in the area.

He quickly pointed out that there are security officers on the ground to adequately and fairly cover all the political players.

The ruling PF and the opposition UPND, MMD, NAREP and UNIP are battling out in the field for the polls slated for next week, Thursday.