—Inspector General of Police, Stella Libongani, has warned that violence will not be tolerated ahead of the Kasenengwa and Vubwi Parliamentary by-elections slated for September 11, 2014.
Ms Libongani issued the warning in Chipata today when she paid a courtesy call
on Eastern Province Minister, Malozo Sichone.
She said police will ensure that perpetrators of violence are brought to book.
The Police Chief said police will ensure that there is adequate security in the provincial capital and Vubwi district ahead of the two by-elections and perpetrators of violence will face the wrath of the law.
The Kasenengwa seat is being contested by the PF, UPND, MMD and UNIP while the FDD has joined the quartet in the hunt for the Vubwi seat.
And speaking at the same occasion, Eastern Province Minister, Malozo Sichone, commended the police for maintaining peace in the two constituencies and urged them to continue being professional in their work.
Mr Sichone assured that the PF will conduct clean campaigns and that the party will not ferry cadres from other places into Vubwi and Kasenengwa constituencies.
He, however, accused the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) of causing violence by ferrying cadres from other areas into the two constituencies.
Mr Sichone also noted that police in the province do not have adequate office accommodation and stressed that there is need to relocate the regional police commissioner away from the district.
And Ms Libonga expressed happiness with the proposal to relocate the provincial police command but bemoaned lack of land to construct office accommodation.
However, Provincial Permanent Secretary Chileshe Mulenga, said the Provincial Administration will help the police acquire land.
Dr Mulenga also noted that there is need to improve the staffing levels in the police in order to beef up security in border areas.
He said the border in the province is porous and needs adequate manpower to police it.