INSPECTOR General of police Kakoma Kanganja has dispelled a statement by United Party for National Development (UPND) claiming that police attempted to shot its leader Hakainde Hichilema while on the Copperbelt province.
Mr Kanganja said the statement issued on social by UPND is meant to hoodwink the public for political reasons.
He said at no point did the police fire live ammunition to disperse crowds during the time Mr Hichilema was conducting what he termed as illegal activities.
He has advised all those worth their salt to stand on the truth as the general public expect to hear the truth from them and not the propaganda being perpetrated on social media.
“Political parties have always been advised to notify the police on their intended activities as per law requirement but some political parties have dared that they would go ahead even without notifying the police. Such conduct is uncalled for and shall not be entertained,” he said.
The Inspector General has further warned political parties taking part in the election that at no point will the police allow them to orchestrate or perpetuate their ill intentions aimed at disturbing public order.
He further said when the opposition leader attempted to go to a local Catholic church in Chingola District police only allowed 10 motor vehicles to proceed, However, more motor vehicles joined leading in an unlawful procession.
Mr Kanganja said police officers discharged tear smoke to disperse the crowd and at no point was live ammunition used as being insinuated in some statements circulating.
“Officers were only armed with riot guns and professionally dealt with the situation.As opposed to allegations that police are stopping the opposition party from campaigning, on Friday the same UPND political party campaigned in Ndola from 13:00 hours to 19:00 hours and Police Officers were patient enough to allow them conclude their activity.
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