North West police hailed for maintaining law and order

POLICE in North Western Province have been praised for their professionalism in maintaining law and order during the campaigns ahead of next week’s polls.

Provincial permanent secretary Ephraim Mateyo told the Daily Nation in an interview that he was happy with the manner the police under the command of Mr Lackson Sakala had managed to contain the political campaigns since they started in May.

Mr Mateyo said from inception, the province had not recorded any violent activity and hoped that peace would continue during and after elections.

He said people in the province should continue embracing the spirit of unity, stating that violence was a destructive way of doing things.

He said as former Police Inspector General, he would  not tolerate any acts of violence in the region, adding that perpetrators of violence would be visited by the long arm of the law regardless of their political affiliation.

“Whether it is PF, UPND, FDD or UNIP or any political party, the law will visit you,” he said.

He also warned cadres from other provinces coming to beef up campaigns for their various political parties not to disturb the peace the province was enjoying.

“Do your party mobilisation peacefully, but if you engage in illegal activities you will not leave this place because officers are on high alert,” he said.

And the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace said it had deployed ‘‘roving monitors’’ in all the 12 constituencies in the province.

CCJP coordinator John Kalusa told the Daily Nation that his organisation was ready to monitor the polls slated for next week Thursday.

“We have been monitoring the whole process from the beginning and I can safely say we are ready to monitor the whole process till the last day,” he said.

He also appealed to the electorate in the province to turn out in large numbers so that there was no voter apathy in the province.

Meanwhile, Mr Sakala said the region had enough officers to man all the polling stations.