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Police will provide a conducive environment for all political parties, says Kakoma Kanganja

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INSPECTOR General of Police Kakoma Kanganja says police have resolved to ensure that it provides an environment conducive for all political parties participating in the forthcoming elections

The IG has since assured that nation that police will ensure that all political parties conduct their scheduled activities in a peaceful environment.

Mr Kanganja however called on political players to commit themselves to conducting peaceful political activities.

“Zambia will on 12th August, 2021 go to polls and citizens will be exercising their democratic right of choosing leaders of their choice at various levels. The elections are usually preceded by series of public political activities such as campaigns with a view of according every political party taking part in the election an opportunity to reach out to the electorate. With the foregoing, our resolve as the Zambia Police Service is to ensure that we provide an environment conducive for all political parties participating in the forthcoming elections to conduct their scheduled activities in a peaceful environment,” Mr Kanganja said.

He urged the leadership of all political parties at all levels to take a lead in preaching peace to their supporters.

Mr Kanganja further advised political parties to submit their campaign schedules to respective regulating officers without undue delay so as to allow the police come up with a consolidated plan of all expected political activities.

He said the police will ensure that it avoids clashes between political players as well as complaints on unfair treatment in the application of the Public Order Act.

“As political parties commence campaigns in a few days’ time, my advice is for all of them taking part in the elections to observe provisions of the law as well as electoral regulations that guide the conduct of political players some of them being the electoral code of conduct, Electoral Process Act and other relevant legislations. In previous elections, we had experienced occurrences where some cadres were deliberately provoking members of opposing political parties by straying into their camps or public gatherings which in most instances resulted in public order disturbance,” he said.

And the IG has warned political players with tendencies of straying into their opponents camps that police shall not hesitate to arrest them if found wanting.

It should be understood that section 26 of the Electoral Process Act criminalises such conduct. Furthermore, pulling down, defacing or destroying other political party’s campaign materials is criminal and shall not be condoned. Political leaders at various levels should play their role of educating their cadres against engaging themselves in acts that may trigger violence,” he said.

Kanganja said political parties should conduct constructive and issue based campaigns devoid of hate speech, inciting violence or violence.

“Political activities should be focused on presenting political parties respective manifestos to the electorate and leave it to the electorate to exercise their constitutional right of choosing their preferred leaders without coercion. Zambia has been on record to have conducted peaceful elections in the past, a clear indication that, even in the coming elections, we can accomplish a violence free election. Political players should appreciate the need for co-existence by exercising high levels of tolerance for divergent views and avoid engaging themselves in provocative behaviour.”

“It should be understood that every citizen of this country has got a responsibility to see to it that peace, law and order prevails during the whole electoral process. Peace cannot be attained through violent means but through peaceful means. My call is for everyone involved in the elections to exercise maximum restraint and embrace peace before, during and after elections,” he said.

He said the Zambia police has made adequate preparations for effective policing of the elections.

“The Zambia Police Service, being an institution charged with a constitutional mandate of maintaining law and order, has made adequate preparations for effective policing of the forth coming elections which include training of police officers in policing elections, Investigation of electoral offences, Intelligence gathering as well as Crowd management and control,” said Kanganja.

“We have also trained members of Community Crime Prevention Units with a view of utilising a community policing concept to avert violence before, during and after elections. My command has adopted an open door policy to enable all stakeholders in the electoral process to seek redress in matters that may affect them during and after the election period. We are deploying a sufficient number of police officers to police elections and we are assuring all stakeholders in the electoral process of their maximum protection.

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President Hakainde Hichilema returns home on Monday

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PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has wrapped up his tour of duty in the United States of America.

And the President is today scheduled to depart the US for Lusaka after attending the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York and holding a series of high-level bilateral and multilateral meetings.

In a statement issued by Special Assistant to the President and Presidential Spokesperson Anthony Bwalya, President Hichilema and his entourage are scheduled to depart the US from Washington, D.C. Dulles International Airport.

Mr Bwalya said President Hichilema will arrive in Lusaka tomorrow, Monday, 27th September, 2021 at about 14:30 hours at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.

“President Hichilema wrapped up his maiden official tour of duty to the U.S. on Sunday morning with a visit to the Abraham Lincoln Memorial and the Martin Luther King Memorial sites,” he said.

Mr Bwalya said while in the U.S., the President delivered his keynote inaugural Address to the United Nations General Assembly, met Vice-President Kamala Harris at White House, including World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) officials in Washington DC among a series of other high level bilateral and multilateral engagements.

President Hichilema has been in the U.S. since last week Monday.

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President Hakainde Hichilema preaches peace at the UN General Assembly   

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PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has called on world leaders to work towards global peace and international cooperation.

In his first maiden speech at the United Nations, President Hichilema said although leaps and bounds have been made, in the area of peace, security and stability, there remain pockets of conflict in many regions of the world where guns have not been silenced.

“I am drawn to the prophetic inscription on the wall of the United Nations plaza, and I quote …they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more… Isaiah 2 verse 4-5 end of quote,” he said.

President Hichilema said challenges of extremism and international terrorism, cybercrime, asymmetric warfare proliferation of non-conventional weapons and organised crime should be stopped.

“As an international community, we need to continue to work together to address the root causes of these global threats through various national, regional and global mechanisms,” he said.

He said the foundation to sustainable economic growth and development is peace and stability adding that without peace and harmony, development cannot be attained.

The Head of State said Zambia will, therefore, continue to support national, regional and international initiatives aimed at promoting peace and security.

“In this vein, Zambia reaffirms its commitment to play an active role in the SADC mission in Mozambique aimed at restoring peace to the Cabo Delgado province. In addition, Zambia remains committed to the cause of the Lusaka master roadmap to silence the guns in Africa, an initiative being implemented by all African Union (AU) member states to promote peace and security, which has since been endorsed for extension for a 10-year period from 2021 to 2030,” he said.

President Hichilema called for continued support of the United Nations in silencing the guns in Africa and other continental initiatives.

He however expressed concern with the slow pace of negotiations on the United Nations Security Council reform which have continued without making much progress.

“Zambia, in this regard, wishes to reiterate the African common position, the “ezulwini consensus”, that calls for a more representative and democratic United Nations Security Council, in which Africa, like all other world regions, will be fairly represented,” he said.

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President Hakainde Hichilema makes his maiden speech at the UN General Assembly

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PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has delivered his maiden speech at the United Nations assuring the international community his government’s commitment to restore macro-economic stability and put the country back on economic recovery.

In his first address to the UN General Assembly, President Hichilema said the new administration in Zambia is cognisant that a conducive governance environment is a precursor for the country’s political stability, security, economic growth and sustainable development.

He said his administration will work towards strengthening of oversight and governance institutions and ensure the independence and autonomy of the three arms of government, particularly the legislature and judiciary.

President Hichilema said the fight against corruption will be at the centre of our transformation agenda and this shall be executed with zero-tolerance.

“We shall also promote free media and an active civil society as they are critical in upholding checks and balances, human rights, liberties and freedoms.

President Hichilema said to sustain the growth, Zambia will dedicate efforts to guarantee a stable and predictable environment that will attract and protect local, regional and foreign direct investment as well as enhance local participation in the economy.

He further said to complement the efforts, Zambia has embarked on an ambitious economic and social transformation agenda with a view to creating equitable opportunities and poverty reduction for the Zambian people, especially the youth and women.

“In order to achieve this goal, our administration shall design and implement interventions aimed at inducing enhanced productivity in agriculture, mining, energy, financial services, tourism, technology, health and education as well as support the growth of micro, small and medium enterprises,” President Hichilema said.

Meanwhile, President Hichilema said Zambia is committed to realising tangible growth and sustainable development.
He called for closer cooperation and support for capacity to adopt better, safer, climate change sensitive and modern methods of increased production and productivity.

President Hichilema said his administration established, the ministry of green economy and environment, to address issues of climate among other important issues concerning environmental sustainability.

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