YANDE SYAMPEYO, Lusaka
INSPECTOR-GENERAL of Police Kakoma Kanganja yesterday refused to sing along to the abridged version of the Zambia national anthem during the official opening of the annual general meeting (AGM) for the Zambia Police Thrift and Credit Co-operative Society.
And Mr Kanganja has challenged police officers to embrace and practise the culture of saving as it insulates against uncertainties.
The police chief, who was the guest of honour at the event, protested against singing the short version of the national anthem, stating that it was against President Lungu’s directive for citizens not to sing all the three stanzas.
Mr Kanganja has since directed police and the general public to adhere to President Lungu’s directive.
“If you noticed, I stopped singing the national anthem because the version you sang is against the presidential directive, so let us all adhere to that directive by singing all the three stanzas of the national anthem,” Mr Kanganja said.
And Mr Kanganja has lamented the poor culture of saving among police officers, stating that saving is cardinal as it assists to generate capital for investment and guarantees a quality and satisfied lifestyle.
“I’m aware the saving culture among police officers, including you society members, is very poor. I urge you to embrace and practise the saving culture as this helps insulate [against]uncertainties of day to day living,” he said.
And Mr Kanganja said the Zambia Police Thrift and Credit Co-operative Society is still viable, contrary to assertions by some members that it is on the verge of collapse.
The Inspector-General said his office has been receiving reports of alleged poor performance of the society due to inability to satisfy withdrawals and other related services to members.
Mr Kanganja, however, expressed optimism that once capital projects that the society is undertaking are completed, it will improve the capital base.
Vice-chairperson of the society Standwell Lungu attributed the poor performance of the society to delayed remittance of funds by government.