CHOMBA MUSIKA, Lusaka
POLICE will take disciplinary action against a police officer who was captured on video in a drunken stupor once his identity is known.
The video of a drunk officer clad in
a green police uniform has gone viral on social media.
The officer, who could hardly pull himself out of the drainage, was filmed by some women who were heard threatening him with arrest for breaking the law.
Police spokesperson Esther Katongo said in a statement yesterday that the officer will be disciplined because his behaviour has potential to dent the image of the police service.
“We are yet to establish the particulars of the police officer in a video where he is seen drunk. Once we establish his identity, disciplinary action will be taken against him for the discreditable conduct,” she said.
And on another video which has also gone viral in which traffic police officers are captured fighting, Ms Katongo said the rage depicted in the video is not as a result of money corruptly obtained by the officers as it is being insinuated on social media.
She said to the contrary, it was an angry traffic officer who wanted to confront an erring truck driver who had slapped him.
Ms Katongo said the incident happened on July 17 this year when traffic officers in Katete impounded a truck belonging to Royd Phiri.
She said the officers charged Mr Phiri with over-speeding and advised him to drive the truck to the police post.
But the driver decided to park the truck at Pep Stores and walked to the police post where he found a sergeant Ndhlovu with whom he had a confrontation.
“After the driver was told that he failed to comply with police officers’ directives, he became unruly and slapped the officer in the face in the presence of other drivers.
“This angered the officer, who wanted to react, but drivers got hold of him and restrained him,” Ms Katongo said.
She urged police officers to avoid arguments while on duty even when provoked.