We’ll meet violence head on, warns IG

VIOLENCE among political cadres during this campaign period ahead of the August 11 general elections will be met with full force, Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja has warned.

He said police would deal with anyone perpetrating political violence regardless of political affiliation.

Mr Kanganja was reacting to President Edgar Lungu’s directive urging the police to prevent political violence from escalating.

The country has so far witnessed clashes among political parties during the campaign period which has resulted in death, injuries and vandalism of property. Mr Kanganja reiterated that police would not relent in efforts aimed at curbing violence during and after elections.

He said in an interview that Government had acquired modern equipment for use to quell any form of violence.

Mr Kanganja stated that as a service, police were ready to foil, curb and arrest all perpetrators of political violence.

“The police will deal with any perpetrator trying to cause violence in the country ahead of the August 11 general elections. There is need for people to adhere to all laws and rules governing the electoral process,” he said.

Mr. Kanganja emphasised that the police were going to be firm and fair in dealing with political violence.

He appealed to all political parties to educate their followers against any acts of violence during and after elections, warning that those who would not abide by law would face stern punishment.

“We shall be firm and fair like we have always done and we urge political parties to take this issue seriously and warn their followers against engaging in political violence, otherwise the law will not spare them,’’ Mr. Kanganja said.