Golden progressive Party President Silavwe Jackson says the use of excessive force by the State Police must be condemned out rightly in a functioning Democracy.
“In the quest to give the Police a human face, the people of Zambia have emphasized on a ‘Police Service’ and not a ‘Police Force’.
Since the struggle for independence, Zambians have blatantly expressed unlimited detest for political violence in all its forms. Collectively they have spoken against it, matched against it and made laws to curb this scourge” said Silavwe.
He explained that Post one-party state era, late President Levy Mwanawasa will be remembered for his tremendous strides in fighting violence perpetrated by political party cadres adding that his disdain for political violence was marched with equal actions.
Mr Silavwe notes that the gruesome pictures from Sesheke Parliamentary by-election campaigns depicting the bloody confrontation between the State Police and the ruling patriotic front cadres left many right-thinking citizens terror-stricken.
“Given the evolution of political violence in the country, the rapid dismissal of the Sesheke Police Officers has set a terrible precedent in the fight against this ‘cancer’. The Officers and Government reactions were both excessive,” he said narrated.
“The dismissals have sent a clear signal to the rank and file of the Zambia Police of “Touch not the ruling party cadre or you will be fired,” he added.
He further stated that the dismissed Police Officers must be re-instated and alternative punitive measures should be meted.
“The Sesheke fiasco is a clear demonstration of political leadership which is divergent from the deeply held aspirations of peace and oneness in diversity. It is leadership failure from both the ruling and the opposition political parties,” he said.
He has called on the Government to institute Police Reforms to transform this vital state institution into a professional, efficient and accountable police service that exudes the confidence of the General Public.