Home Affairs Minister Edgar Lungu has defended the deployment of Police officers around Paramount Chief Chitimukulu’s palace as an operational instruction from the higher authority.
And the Watchdog understands that president Michael Sata is only waiting for today’s parliamentary by-election in Mansa before he orders police to ‘fish’ out Chitimukulu from his palace. According to police sources, Chitimukulu should have been arrested a few days ago but Sata was advised that this would have direct effect on the by-elecdtion.
“That is why they are pretending to talk about dialague. After the by-election, there will be no dialogue but action and Chitimukulu will be sorted out’, said a senior police officer.
On the police that are surrounding the palace, Home Affiars minister Edgar Lungu said the Bemba Traditional Council should not be intimidated.
Lungu told a local radio station that the deployment of Police officers means no harm to the traditional leaders and their people but is in fact for their own good.
Lungu said the presence of the Police should assure the residents in the area of total security as it an operational instruction.
Lungu added that the presence of Police Officers in the area should also reassure the Bemba traditional Council of safety measures in case anything arises.
He said that the Bemba Traditional Council should get back to their daily activities without worrying, as the Police are there to protect and secure them.