The alleged deployment of police officers in full riot gear in Monze district came in Parliament on Tuesday with Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini ordering Minister of Home Affairs Davis Mwila to explain the reason why as soon as possible.
Dr Matibini’s ruling followed UPND Monze Central Member of Parliament Jack Mwiimbu’s point of order complaining that last week battalions of police officers were dispatched to Monze by the Minister of Home Affairs.
In his point of order, Mr Mwiimbu wanted to know whether the Patriotic Front (PF) Government had declared a “state of emergency” in Monze district.
Dr Matibini ordered Mr Mwila to update the House on what the police officers were doing in Monze.
“My ruling is as follows, honourable Minister of Home Affairs should update this House by responding to issues raised by Monze Central Member of Parliament,” he said.
Earlier, Mr Mwiimbu said battalions had occupied schools in the district forcing pupils not to be learning.
He said the people of Monze were traumatized following the heavy presence of police officers in full riots gear who were day and night patrolling the town.
“Mr Speaker, Monze is a peaceful town as there has not been any incident of violence apart from the violence reported in Bweengwa, Monze has been a peaceful town,” he said.
Mr Mwiimbu alleged that Monze residents were being victimised by the Government through the Ministry of Home Affairs.
“Mr Speaker in the new amended Constitution there is no provision whatsoever that provides any statement of emergency,” he said.
Mr Mwiimbu wondered what the Ministry of Home Affairs was using to violate the rights of citizens in Monze.
“Mr Speaker, are they in order to enforce a state of emergency in Monze? Mr Speaker, I need your serious ruling on this matter,” Mr Mwiimbu said.