THE police command in Kapiri Mposhi has advised political parties to operate within the confines of the public order Act during political campaigns ahead of the August general elections.
Police officer commanding for Kapiri Mposhi, Luano and Mkushi districts, Brighton Mwape warned that officers would not spare anyone, regardless of their political affiliation, found abrogating laws governing the conduct of peaceful elections.
Mwape said this during the electoral stakeholders’ meeting for police and political parties participating in the August 12, elections.
“The public order Act is law and we expect you to plan your activities within the confines of the Act,” he said.
Mwape advised political parties to develop and avail police with their campaign schedules on time to allow for proper policing of events in the district.
He said availing of campaign schedules would minimise confrontations among political players and ensure a violent free environment for political parties and police to operate.
“Bring your intentions and programmes for meetings to the police in writing seven days before the actual event so that we minimise confrontations and operate peacefully,” Mwape advised.
He advised political parties to desist from violence and taking the law into their own hands.
Mwape noted a growing trend by political parties to take the law into their own hands against rival camps when they suspect foul play.
“You should have confidence in the police. Don’t take the law into your own hands but report matters to police. That’s why we are there and don’t use youths as tools of violence,” said Mwape.
Central Province DP chairman Stephen Kabwe noted that the interactive meeting with police was timely as it had come before commencement of campaigns for the August polls.
“We are happy with the assurance from police that they will be impartial in administering the public order Act…and we pledge to cooperate with them to ensure peaceful elections,” said Kabwe.
The meeting drew participation of party officials from the ruling PF, UPND, Democratic Party (DP), Movement for Democratic Congress (MDC) and UNIP.