STEVEN MVULA, ARTHUR MWANSA, Lusaka
MAFINGA member of Parliament Jacob Siwale (PF) has called for the disbandment of the traffic section in the police service saying it is “very corrupt, and does not serve the interest of
Mr Siwale told Parliament yesterday that all that traffic police officers across the country do is set up road blocks with the view of siphoning money from motorists.
“Mr Speaker, the police service has been very unhelpful to the public. All these traffic police officers do is get money from people. They even have a target. In Mafinga, they have pegged it at K70 per vehicle that passes through a permanent road block. This is blatant stealing!” Mr Siwale charged.
Mr Siwale was contributing to the debate on the report of the committee on national security and foreign affairs that was later adopted by the House.
The committee inquired into the law enforcement agencies under the purview of the Ministry of Home Affairs which is charged with the responsibility of maintaining the internal security of the nation.
These are the Zambia Police Service, Drug Enforcement Commission, the Citizenship Board of Zambia, the department of Immigration and the Zambia Correctional Service.
The committee also asked Government to expedite the establishment of a central electronic data base for law enforcement agencies to improve their collaboration and service delivery.
Committee chairperson Martin Malama said the absence of a central security database where all the agencies should deposit and access information for their individual and joint operation is an impediment to effective collaboration among law enforcement agencies.
Dr Malama said the Committee also discovered that the biggest challenge pertaining to operations faced by the law enforcement agencies is the shortage of human resources.
“The Department of Immigration for instance, whose strength stands at 697 uniformed and 120 non-uninformed staff, have not had their establishment since inception in 1965,” he said.
Dr Malama, who is also former Inspector General of Police, said the police service which should have a projected staff strength of 27,000 only has 17,466 staff, adding that DEC has 533 against the 1,821 staff establishment of 2013.