At least two people were killed in violence before the polls this month before the election in the country in Southern Africa.
Zambia has deployed the military to combat increasing political violence ahead of the August 12 election, President Edgar Lungu said on Sunday.
In the Zambian capital, Lusaka, as well as in the northern, southern and Muchinga provinces, supporters of violence have been reported, where supporters of the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) and the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) with machetes, axes , bots. cutters, catapults and other objects.
Two supporters of the ruling party were stabbed to death on Friday by attackers who are believed to be members of the main opposition party, police said. Four people have been arrested in connection with the killings.
“To combat the political violence we have seen over the past two days, I have allowed the Zambian army, the Zambian air force and the Zambian national service to assist the police in Zambia in dealing with the security situation,” Lungu said. said.
Although the Electoral Commission banned marches due to the coronavirus, clashes between opposing political parties overwhelmed the police.
“Maintaining law and order is a daily task of the police, but sometimes they need help from other security wings,” Lungu said.
Lungu said the military would also ensure that the work of the Electoral Commission, which would conduct the polls, did not interfere.
The UPND said it was studying Lungu’s statement.
The government of the Southern African nation has become increasingly intolerant of discord since Lungu replaced Michael Sata after his death in 2014, the right watchdog Amnesty International said in a report.
Lungu, 64, is running in the election on August 12 for a second term, while the copper-rich country is experiencing economic difficulties.
Lungu’s main rival, Hakainde Hichilema, has been detained several times since he started contesting the top post.