The President of Zambia, Edgar Lungu, has dissmissed two police officials following the deaths of two opposition demonstrators last week in Lusaka.
Mr Lungu has also ordered for an investigation to determine the real cause of the deaths.
Two protesters were killed on December 23 when riot police broke up a rally outside the police headquarters where the main opponent of the Zambian government, Hakainde Hichilema was being probed.
Last week in Lusaka, President Lungu received a preliminary report on the deaths of two citizens, and has made changes in police command to allow for a speedy investigation,” according to a Zambian presidential statement.
A veteran campaigner and self-made entrepreneur, Hichilema bid five times for the presidency between 2006 and 2016.
Hichilema told journalists that he was called in to answer questions about a property purchase he made 20 years ago.
According to the President, the officials are responsible for the deaths.
They failed to respect the rights to protest of the citizens, and are reported to have used extra force on them which is against the teachings of the Government.
After narrowly losing in 2016, he spent four months in jail when he rudely contested the outcome.
He has vowed to step down as leader of the United Party for National Development (UPND) if he fails once more