Inspector General of Police, Kakoma Kanganja has warned suspected United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres who stormed a registration centre in Chitamba village in Lukashya constituency in Northern Province with punitive action.
In a statement availed today, the Inspector General of Police said the action taken by suspected UPND cadres is strongly condemned by police.
“We are all aware that the mobile registration exercise is not a hidden process because there has been maximum publicity about this activity way back before this process was commenced. Further, this exercise is being done in broad day light and not at night,” Mr Kanganja explained.
Suspected UPND cadres on 13th September, 2020 allegedly destroyed some machinery being used during the on – going mobile National Registration card (NRC) exercise and stole some equipment as well as beat up officers they found at the centre during the incident.
Mr Kanganja noted that the action taken by UPND cadres to ransack the registration office and steal equipment is a big draw back to the process being undertaken countrywide and cannot be condoned.
He advised that anyone with suspicions or concerns should address them to the police who are open and ready to receive complaints regarding the exercise.
“In addition, this process has no bearing on the by-elections currently taking place in Lukanshya and Mwansabombwe Constituencies but it is being done in preparation for the 2021 general elections. It is therefore disheartening to note that Political Parties that pledged to maintain peace during and after the by elections are the ones in the forefront perpetuating violence,” he added.
Mr Kanganja warned that police will follow the matter to the latter and will take punitive action against all those found wanting.
He advised the public to respect Government workers who have sacrificed to perform the noble task of serving members of the public through issuance of National Registration Cards unlike victimizing them.