“We sent you to control UPND members NOT PF”, he said.
Inspector General of Police, Kakoma Kangnaja has disclosed that the Service will fire all officers involved in the brutal assault of Ruling Party cadres during the Sesheke by-elections.
“Any police officer who took part in brutalising Patriotic Front Cadres in Sesheke on Tuesday will be dismissed from the service,” he said.
The Human Rights Commission has condemned police for excessive use of force to respond to perceived or actual threat to breach of peace by Patriotic Front (PF) cadres. The same Human Rights Commission is always quite when police kill or beat up UPND members.
Earlier PF Secretary General Davies Mwila has said that his party is engaging the Zambia Police over the beating of its members by some officers during voting in Sesheke constituency.
Mr Mwila said that the move is aimed at finding a lasting solution to the matter. Mr Mwila has told ZNBC that the PF wants to be exemplary in the Bahati constituency parliamentary by-election. He disclosed that the Ruling Party will revenge against UPND in Bahati.
The Police Service is now expected to fire 28 police officers mostly Tongas and Lozis who took part in the beating of PF carders. In Zambia, police officers are only allowed to brutalise opposition memmbers not those from the governing party.