THERE is no state of emergency declared in Monze district or any other part of the country as alleged by UPND Monze Central Member of Parliament Jack Mwiimbu, Home Affairs Minister Davis Mwila told Parliament yesterday.
He said in a ministerial statement that 83 police officers had been deployed to Monze to ensure that law and order was maintained following the Bweengwa violence.
He said it was unfortunate that the peace and unity which he had been preaching on the floor of the House was never appreciated by some politicians.
Mr Mwila said his ministry was prompted to deploy the police officers in Monze because there was no law and order as evidenced by the violence in Bweengwa.
“Violence makes people lose interest in participating in the governance of this country; it also undermines the participation of citizens in elections,” he said.
And Mr Mwiimbu, in a follow-up question, accused the minister of enforcing law and order selectively.
Mr Mwiimbu accused Mr Mwila of singling out Southern Province as an area where he would deal with the perpetrators of violence.
“Mr Speaker, this is selective application of the law because in Sinda our people were brutalized by PF cadres and Vubwi some journalists were attacked by PF cadres and no single police officer was deployed to go and maintain law and order in these areas,” he said.
Mr Mwiimbu wondered why Mr Mwila decided to single out Southern Province.
He demanded that the Home Affairs minister also addresses the matter in which the 83 officers were camping at a school, forcing pupils not to learn.
But in his response, Mr Mwila said his statement was about Monze because Mr Mwiimbu in his point of order had focused on Monze district.
Mr Mwila assured Mr Mwiimbu that he would find out where his officers were sleeping and update the House as he had no such information that his officers were sleeping at a school.
He said Monze was now peaceful after the deployment of the police officers and that no one would command him to remove the officers until he was satisfied there was peace and unity in the district.