Po­lice hunt KItwe ri­ots mas­ter­minds

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

IN­VES­TI­GA­TIONS into the riot which re­sulted in loot­ing of some Chi­nese shops in Kitwe on Mon­day will be ex­tended to those sus­pected of or­ches­trat­ing the crim­i­nal acts, In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice Kakoma Kan­ganja has said. And Mr Kan­ganja has warned the pub­lic, po­lit­i­cal par­ties and any other group­ings to de­sist from en­gag­ing in crim­i­nal acts as they risked be­ing pros­e­cuted. He said in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the Kitwe in­ci­dent would not only fo­cus on crim­i­nal el­e­ments that took part in the riot, but would be ex­tended to all those sus­pected to have or­ches­trated the false­hood which led to the dis­tur­bance. Mr Kan­ganja said the in­ves­ti­ga­tions would also tackle peo­ple is­su­ing ra­cial and dis­crim­i­na­tory re­marks which were likely to prop­a­gate xeno­pho­bic at­tacks. He said the con­duct by those be­hind the ri­ots in Kitwe would not be con­doned by po­lice, there­fore all those that had a hand in it would face the wrath of the law. He ad­vised to the gen­eral pub­lic to al­ways ver­ify any in­for­ma­tion be­fore tak­ing any ac­tion and al­ways fol­low the legally laid down pro­ce­dures be­fore act. “Sec­tion 67 of Chap­ter 87 of the Laws of Zam­bia crim­i­nalises any act of pub­lish­ing false news whether orally or in writ­ing or any state­ment, ru­mour or re­port which is likely to cause fear and alarm to the pub­lic or to dis­turb pub­lic peace. “Fur­ther, sec­tion 70 of the same Act pro­hibits any per­son from ex­press­ing or show­ing ha­tred, ridicule or con­tempt for per­sons on the ba­sis of their race, tribe, and place of ori­gin or colour,” said Mr Kan­ganja

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