The Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) has questioned the purpose of the 200 police officers who are said to have been deployed to Katuba constituency when the area has now started recording reports of violence.
This follows the report of an alleged assault of one opposition leader who said to have been attacked by an alleged cadre from another political party.
FODEP Executive Director MacDonald Chipenzi has also wondered whether the said police officers that are said to have been deployed to Katuba are there do the work immediately or wait until the Election Day for a situation like this to happen where an act of violence occurs and no one is apprehended.
Mr. Chipenzi says his organization condemns in the strongest sense acts of violence in Katuba and that it expects that the Police should be able curb any kind of inimical behavior that may erode the credibility of the electoral process.
He says his organization is also of the view that all political parties taking part in the by-election should desist from issues of violence and malpractices as these form fertile ground for petitioning of elections.
The FODEP Executive Director spoke in an interview with Qfm news.