President Edgar Lungu has warned that he will not hesitate to use his constitutional powers to address electoral violence if state institutions like the Electoral Commission of Zambia and the Zambia Police Service fail to do their work to stop the violence.
He says government is aware of a ploy by the opposition to deliberately cause violence during the election period.
President Lungu says the idea is to make the people rise against police officers in the country.
He however says government will decisively deal with those who are deliberately causing violence whilst playing victim on the other hand.
President Lungu adds that the opposition are hoping to use a tactic which was used in a neighboring country during elections but that it will not work.
He said this to journalists at state house where he was harvesting fish this evening.
Meanwhile President Lungu is concerned with the high numbers of Covid cases in the country.
The President also warned that he will not hesitate to use his constitutional powers to protect the people if institutions that are mandated to enforce Covid guidelines fail to do their work.
He said people will not be allowed to die because of elections and failure by institutions to enforce the guidelines.
The head of state said Zambians should adhere to Covid-19 regulations because the rate of infection is high.