Police told to respect human rights

MINISTER of Home Affairs Davis Mwila (centre) visiting display stands during the Zambia Police day at Lilayi Training College in Lusaka yesterday, looking on (right) is Inspector general of Police Stella Libongani. PICTURE: ANGELA NTENTABUNGA.

MINISTER of Home Affairs Davis Mwila says police must treat all people equally and with due respect for human rights.
Mr Mwila has called on the police command to deal with complaints of professional misconduct among officers.
The minister was speaking during Police Day at Lusaka’s Lilayi Police College yesterday.
“There is need for discipline among police officers in order to address unprofessional conduct and corruption especially during traffic operations and suppression of gender-based crimes,” Mr Mwila said.
He directed the police command to decisively deal with undisciplined and erring officers in accordance with the existing disciplinary regulations and dismiss those found wanting.
Mr Mwila also commended the police for promoting peace, safety and the rule of law in the country over the years.
“Let me assure you that Government is aware of the challenges that the police officers are facing in the discharge of duty.
“Since the maintenance of peace, security and order in the country is one of the top priorities of the Government, we will do everything possible to ensure that the police is given the necessary resources to effectively combat crime and promote a safe and secure environment in the country,” he said
Police Day is an opportunity to remember the sacrifice that police officers have made and continue to make in an endeavour to provide law enforcement services.
Inspector General of Police Stella Libongani said 2,624 police have been awarded countrywide for various achievements.
Ms Libongani said 242 have received long service medals, 249 have gotten meritorious medals and 26 got bravery medals.
And 76 police officers in Eastern Province have been conferred with various medals for maintaining peace and order, reports DARLINGTON MWENDABAI.
Provincial commissioner of police Eugene Sibote said during the commemoration of Police Day in Chipata yesterday that a crime free society is possible with a dedicated men and women in uniform.
Eleven officers were conferred with acts of bravery medals while 33 medals went to meritorious achievements, another 33 medals went to long services officers and a distinguished medal went to the new deputy commissioner of police Patrick Bili.
“For us as Zambia Police to achieve our target of a crime free society, we must endeavor to discharge our duties diligently because failure to do so erodes public confidence in the system,” he said.
And Copperbelt commissioner of police Joyce Kasosa has called on police officers in the province to work hard and deliver to expected standards for the benefit of the community, reports NKOMBO KACHEMBA.
Ms Kasosa said police officers should be dedicated to duty to improve the delivery of security services to the people in the community.
“I would like to thank all the officers that have received medals for various honours here on the Copperbelt. To those that have not received anything, I am urging you to work extra hard so that next time, it will be your turn to be honoured,” she said.
Ms Kasosa was speaking in Kitwe during the commemoration of the Zambia Police Open Day which was held at the Kitwe Playing Fields.
In Luapula, provincial permanent secretary Boniface Chimbwali called on police officers in the province to employ good strategies in executing their duties, reports BILKE MULENGA.
Speaking at the commemoration of Zambia Police Day in Mansa yesterday, Mr Chimbwali said while Government is making efforts to improve people’s living standards, the police should also enhance peace and security.
Over 15 police officers including provincial deputy police commissioner Webby Shula were conferred with various medals.

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