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Kanganja warns PF, UPND over Mandevu violence

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Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja has blasted Patriotic Front (PF) cadres who wanted to disrupt the United Party for National Development (UPND’s) road show in Mandevu.

Kanganja said the conduct exhibited by the PF cadres is criminal and will not be condoned.

He said the police are disturbed to note that political parties have continued with their irresponsible conduct of straying into each other’s camps.

“We have time and again advised political parties to ensure that they conduct themselves peacefully and within the confines of the law during their public activities as well as when other political parties undertake their activities.

“It is disturbing to note that political party cadres have continued with their irresponsible conduct of straying into activities of other political parties, which has been a source of violence.

“What transpired (yesterday) in Mandevu Compound in Lusaka where suspected Patriotic Front cadres are alleged to have blocked some portions of the road with a view to disrupt the authourised procession of the UPND is criminal and will not be condoned,” he said.

The police IG has also took a swipe at the conduct of some UPND cadres who also damaged motor vehicles during the confusion.

He has since directed the Lusaka Province Police Command to ensure that those involved in the confusion and criminal acts during the UPND roadshow in Mandevu are arrested and prosecuted.

“Similarly, the conduct of some UPND cadres who are alleged to have damaged motor vehicles during their roadshow is criminal and prosecutable.

“I have therefore directed Lusaka Province Police Command to ensure that all those who were involved in the confusion and criminal acts during the UPND roadshow in Mandevu are arrested and prosecuted,” he said.

Kanganja has requested political parties to guide the conduct of their cadres.

“I further call on all political parties to ensure that they guide the conduct of their cadres by denouncing violence and avoid any acts that could be provocative in nature considering that we still have enough time remaining before the end of the campaign period,” Kanganja said.

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