‘Political’ cops face chop


COPPERBELT permanent secretary Howard Sikwela has warned of stern action against police officers that will indulge themselves in partisan politics ahead of the August11 general elections.
Reverend Sikwela said police officers that engage themselves in partisan politics risk losing their jobs.
“You will do well to focus on that which you are paid for, before, during and after the elections, which is to maintain law and order,” he said.
Rev Sikwela was speaking in Kitwe yesterday during the commemoration of the Police Open Day, which was held at the Kitwe Playing Field (KPF).
He urged police officers to remain focused and professional in executing their duties despite the difficulties they may face ahead of the elections.
Copperbelt deputy commissioner of police Byemba Musole urged police officers to acquaint themselves with the new Constitution to understand what the service expects from them.
“You must take time to read the new amended Constitution. You should read Act Number Two, Article 190 for you to know what is expected from you” he said.
Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Gerry Chanda has directed police to arrest anyone issuing inflammatory statements ahead of the August 11 general elections.
Colonel Chanda made this directive at the Zambia Police Open Day which was held yesterday under the theme, “Zambia Police, moving towards a peaceful and violent-free 2016 election.”
Col Chanda also praised police for ensuring that there is peace and order in the country. He urged police to interact with citizens to build trust between the two.
And Inspector-General of Police Kakoma Kanganja said the Police are working hard to ensure that the August 11 elections are held in a peaceful manner.
“As the Zambia Police, we are reviewing our training materials, training of our regional commanding officers and procuring equipment that will help us police the forthcoming elections,” he said.
And ELIZABETH CHATUVELA in Mongu reports that Western Province permanent secretary, Mwangala Liomba, has cautioned police officers to desist from engaging in corrupt practices and active politics.
Mr Liomba said if not stopped, corruption is a cancer that can erode the moral principles of the police institution.
Mr Liomba was speaking yesterday when he officiated at the Police Open Day at Mongu Central Police Station.
Mr Liomba also urged the police to ensure peace and stability as they police this year’s general elections.
Provincial commissioner of police Charles Lungu said the service has managed to reduce on Karavina gangs in the province, but that stock theft is still a challenge.
“I wish to advise my fellow police officers to always be patriotic and exhibit high levels of discipline as we endeavour to serve our country with dignity and pride,” he said.
And KALUNGA MUSONDA in Kabwe writes that Central Province permanent secretary Daisy Ng’ambi has urged police to take gender mainstreaming seriously.
“Government has already taken a positive step by appointing a good number of female commissioners in police to help motivate junior female officers,” Mrs Ng’ambi said.
Mrs Ng’ambi said this in a speech read for her by Kabwe district administrative officer Mulenga Kabwe.
“These elements have been identified as being essential to achieving sustained, inclusive and equitable economic growth and sustainable development,” Mrs Ng’ambi said.
And Central Province police commissioner Lombe Kamukoshi said the introduction of the day will enhance the relationship and rapport with the community.
“Previously, many people were shunning to report criminal cases to the police as we were perceived to be unfriendly and incriminating. This brought about difficulties in tracking down perpetrators of crime as members of the public were unwilling to give useful information,” Ms Kamukoshi said.

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