POLICE have opened an inquiry file to probe veteran politician Vernon Mwaanga over rigging remarks attributed to him in the Post newspaper.

Police spokesperson Charity Munganga said the Zambia Police Service was currently studying the file.

Ms Munganga said after studying the inquiry file appropriate action would be taken.

On Monday, Deputy Division Criminal Investigations Officer Peter Kabengele said the police would consider summoning Dr. Mwaanga to explain the election rigging statement attributed to him after Kabushi constituency aspiring candidate Bowman Lusambo petitioned the Zambia Police Service over the matter.

Mr. Lusambo told Mr Kabengele that he felt duty bound as a citizen to petition the Police because the rigging statement attributed to Dr. Mwaanga was a threat to peace and national security.

And Zambia Congress of Trade Union (ZCTU) secretary general Cosmas Mukuka has said Dr Mwaanga’s statement that tallying of votes in the past has been subjected to ‘‘manipulation and abuse’’ was careless and criminal.

Mr Mukuka said Dr Mwaanga’s statement was not only alarming but very dangerous especially in an election year.

Mr Mukuka said Dr Mwaanga should be in the forefront praying for a peaceful and proper unfolding of the election procedure.

“Politicians should not comment to alarm the nation but be careful with statements they issue,” he said.

In an interview with the Daily Nation, Mr Mukuka said Dr Mwaanga was a sympathizer of a named political party.

Meanwhile, Mr Mukuka has appealed to the Electoral Commission of Zambia to immediately start inviting stakeholders to discuss how elections would be held.

“This is why it is wrong for VJ to start commenting on something which ECZ has not provided a roadmap for. Usually ECZ calls all political parties to discuss how elections would be conducted. And we are all waiting for that time so that we can discuss how free and fair the elections would be,” he said.

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