STATEMENT BY INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE ON POLITICAL VIOLENCE IN SESHEKE
As Zambia Police, we are concerned with yesterday’s happenings involving political violence in Sesheke District . We would like to categorically state that we will not tolerate any individuals perpetrating violence and that we will sternly deal with any one that would be found wanting.
The Zambia Police Service wishes to state that no live ammunition was fired by our officers that were dispersing the unruly crowd in Sesheke yesterday. We also wish to further clarify that no life was lost yesterday as a result of this fracas. As Zambia Police we have since reinforced our officers on the ground to deal with any further disturbances in the area. I therefore call upon all police officers to ensure that they use proportionate force in ensuring that violence is brought to a stop. The police will institute an inquiry to bring to book all those that could have perpetuated this violence.
We are appealing to the electorates of Sesheke and all political parties participating in the Sesheke bye-election to exercise restraint and tolerance as required in a civilized democratic society during and after the elections.
INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE
9th February, 2019