Due to the political violence going on in Zambia, which has caused some political parties’ supporters their lives, the government in power has deployed the military to calm the situation and to ensure peaceful elections on August 12.
President Edgar Lungu made this announcement on Sunday.
While the leaders of Patriotic Front (PF), the governing party, and United Party for National Development (UPND), the opposition party, await the elections, their die-hard supporters were out rioting with machetes, axes, slashers, catapults and other dangerous objects. The areas reported include the northern and southern regions, Muchinga provinces, and Lusaka, the country’s capital.
Two of PF’s supporters were killed on Friday, and four suspects were arrested by the police.
With the tension in Zambia, the government looked nowhere else but its army including the air force to gain control.
“In order to curb the political violence we have witnessed in the past two days, I have allowed the Zambia Army, Zambia Air Force and Zambia National Service to help the Zambia police in dealing with the security situation,” the president said.
The president added that:
“Maintaining law and order is a daily chore of the police but sometimes they need help from other security wings.”
By Elijah Christopher