HOME Affairs deputy minister Gerry Chanda has directed the Zambia Police to arrest any person issuing statements meant to disturb peace in the country.
Colonel Chanda said this when he was officiating at the first-ever Zambia Police Day celebrations at Lilayi Police College.
He said that it was sad that there were people issuing statements which might ‘‘insinuate reaching other people’s throats’’.
Col Chanda said the statement had implications and wa not peace-making, which obviously did not point to a free and fair election.
He directed the Zambia Police to stop any person ‘‘wishing to reach someone’s throat’’, adding that the officers had a responsibility to cage such people and put them where they belonged because they were a danger to society.
Col Chanda said the police had a duty to ensure that the forthcoming elections were conducted in a peaceful and violence-free environment.
The only way the country could move forward was for the officers to fulfill the instructions of taking action against perpetrators of violence.
Col Chanda was happy that on the police day which fell yesterday the Zambia Police would open its doors to the general public to allow the service to exchange ideas with them on policing in order to strengthen the bonds between the police service and the public.
He said it was also a special day for the police to celebrate all its achievements in the previous year and to honor the officers who excelled in the execution of their duties by recognizing them through medals.
Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja has confirmed that 3,400 police officers countrywide were expected to be honored with medals in recognition of their dedication to duty.
Mr Kanganja said the honoring would be for the men and women who had served with distinction and put their lives at risk to protect the people.
He added that the medals would be in four categories, namely long service, meritorious, bravery and distinguished service.
Mr Kanganja congratulated those that would receive medals and urged them to work even harder as they would be putting on the medals, adding that it should be a reminder to them to be professional, dedicated to duty and exhibit high sense of integrity and impartiality in executing their duties.
He urged the officers to administer the Public Order Act in an impartial manner and to remain resolute and firm as they dealt with any person perpetuating violence regardless of their political party.
The event saw the Police Inspector General, his deputy Eugene Sibote and the Commissioner of Police Joyce Kasoso being honored with medals. Seventeen other officers were also honoured.