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People should not be scared to come forward and report cadres misbehaving, such as those reportedly locking shops in markets in Kamwala, Zambia Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga has said.

Mr Hamoonga said the police would crack the whip on the suspected UPND cadres who had locked up shops on grounds that they belonged to the Patriotic Front.

Mr Hamoonga said in an interview the police could not act on issues they had not been informed and urged people to come forward and report the suspected cadres so that the long arm of the law could deal with them.

Some marketeers have called on the councillor and the Member of Parliament to intervene as some cadres had locked their shops in Kamwala.

Mr Hamoonga said that the police would not tolerate lawlessness and that anyone found wanting would not go scot-free.

“My plea is for the affected people to come forward and report these individuals who are hiding in the name of politics,” he said.

Mr Hamoonga said that this was however dependent on people coming forward and telling the relevant authorities about the matter.

He however said that it was difficult for the police to act on such matters if there was no formal complainant made.

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