President Edgar Lungu has now warned he will be forced to declare a state of emergency if violence continues in some parts of the country.
There have been some riots in some parts of the country including the capital, Lusaka following the arrest of opposition UPND president Hakainde Hichilema who has been charged with treason.
President Lungu sounded the warning today, Thursday, April 20, 2017 upon arrival in Livingstone.
The President said if the acts of arson and unlawful order continues he would be forced to declare a state of emergency.
President Lungu noted that such actions have left poor civilians to suffer as markets and shops which are being targeted belonged to civilians.
Government or division of government (i.e. on a municipal, provincial/state level) may declare that their area is in a state of emergency.
This means that the government can suspend and/or change some functions of the executive, the legislative and/or the judiciary during this period of time.
It alerts citizens to change their normal behavior and orders government agencies to implement emergency plans.
A government can declare a state of emergency during a time of natural or human-made disaster.
President Lungu also noted that police had been very tolerant in previous years towards UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema as he has so often broken the law.
However President Lungu said he would at no point interfere in the legal process of the incarcerated UPND leader and would allow the law to take its cause.
President Lungu mocked Hichilema who had called on all his international friends to condemn, government for his arrest.
President Lungu noted that such calls even by the international community do not shake him or government because Zambia is a sovereign state.
He also not that Hichilema was only facing arrest because he had broken the law as is the norm for any person who breaks the law.
President Lungu is in Southern province to inspect development projects and will also meet some traditional leaders.