Edgar Lungu Deploys Army to Curb Violence Ahead of Elections

The President of the Republic of Zambia has deployed the Zambia Army, Zambia Air Force and Zambia National Service to help the Zambia police in dealing with the security situation in the country.

The security forces have been deployed 11 days before the Zambian Presidential and Parliamentary elections.

Pockets of violence have been reported in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, as well as northern, southern and Muchinga provinces where supporters of the governing Patriotic Front (PF) and the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) have clashed using machetes, axes, slashers, catapults and other objects.

Two supporters of the governing party were hacked to death with machetes on Friday by attackers suspected to be members of the main opposition party, police said.

Four people were arrested in connection with the killings.

“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,” Lungu said.

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