Republican President Edgar Lungu has called on the Zambia Police Service to engage political players in the country in an effort to apply the Public Order Act fairly.
The Head of State said this at State House this morning when he sworn-in Kakoma Kanganja as Inspector General of Police, Eugene Sibote as Deputy Police IG in Charge of Administration, Dr. Auxilia Bupe Ponga as Ministry of National Planning Permanent Secretary and Naliboshe Limata as Judiciary Chief of Administration.
President Lungu notes that there is a growing trend in the country were the opposition feels Police are applying the Public Order Act unfairly.
He says Police should find means and ways of engaging the opposition to explain the need for them to observe this piece of legislation.
President Lungu says the unnecessary collision between the Police and some opposition political parties recently is worrying thus the need for the two entities to see to it that this law is observed and applied fairly.
He states that Zambian politics has been contaminated by bad elements and has since directed police to deal with bad elements in the political arena that are breaking the law in the name of politics be it from the ruling party or opposition.
And the Head of State has reminded the newly appointed Police Inspector General of the duties that lie ahead of him as the country prepares for the 2016 general election saying he expects peaceful elections.
And the President has urged the new Permanent Secretary in the ministry of national planning Auxilia Ponga and Judiciary Chief of Administration s Naliboshe Limata to be an inspiration to young girls who may be losing focus in life.
He says there is need for women in key positions to always ensure that they inspire young girls who may be opting to enter into early marriages by showing them that there is a better life beyond marriage.
President Lungu has also called on the Judiciary Chief of Administration to do her best in ensuring that justice prevails in the judicial system.
And speaking to journalists shortly after being sworn-in, Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja has pledged to do his level best in the administration of the Public Order Act which he says is becoming a source of concern to most stakeholders.