The Zambia Police Service has warned the public against issuing statements that have the potential to incite people to rise against each other.
Spokesperson Esther Katongo says it is worrying that retired Archbishop of Lusaka Telesphore Mpundu issued a statement that can cause violence instead of inspiring peace and unity.
Mrs. Katongo says retired Archbishop Mpundu’s statement that there will be bloodshed ahead of the 2021 general elections can influence those who did not intend to participate in perpetuating violence to do so.
She says it is important for national and church leaders to speak words of encouragement that will discourage violence.
Mrs. Katongo told ZNBC news that the elections in 2021 are not the first or last for Zambia and the police will prepare adequately to police the entire process.
She has since warned that police will not tolerate statements that are provocative in nature regardless of the person’s standing in society.