THE Zambia Police command is investigating to establish the details of an officer captured in a mobile phone video in which he is shepherding a frog jumping man.
The video surfaced this morning in which an armed officer I seen walking besides a man struggling to frog jump at the orders of the officer, apparently because he did not have his face mask on.
Yesterday, Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja ordered officers to stop arresting or fining people found without facemasks in public.
Kanganja said it had come to the command’s attention that officers were abusing the public.
And as if to confirm Kanganja’s observation, a video of the cop and the frog jumping man surfaced today.
“This is wrong and these are the abuses which authorities were talking about yesterday.We are yet to ascertain the particulars of the officer and appropriate action will be determined,” Katongo explained in a statement.
She pointed out that there was nowhere in the Law where compelling offenders to do ‘ frog jumps’ had been legalised.
“Officers are therefore reminded to observe the directives given by authorities or risk being disciplined. Even during this period of covid 19, officers should always remember that they are expected to enforce regulations with utmost observance of Human rights and strictly enforce the Law within the confines of the Law,” she said.
Last week, Minister of Health Dr Chitalu Chilufya announced that President Edgar Lungu had ordered the deployment of police officers to enforce the COVID-19 preventive measures in public places.
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Mother, two children killed in car crash along the Mansa-Samfya road, police say
FIVE people have died on the spot while 17 others, among them the driver sustained injuries after a Toyota Hiace minibus they were on had a tyre burst and overturned along the Mansa-Samfya road.
The accident happened on Monday, 21st September, 2020 around 16:30 hours at Lusenga of Chitambo area along the named road.
Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo has confirmed this to Mwebantu in a statement and said the accident involved a Hiace minibus registration number BCB 9737 which was being driven by 48 year old Enock Chilufya Malama of Katonga area with 21 passengers on board.
Katongo said the accident happened when the driver lost control of the motor vehicle after a left rear tyre burst and went off the road to the right-side and overturned several times and five passengers died on the spot.
She has identified the deceased as Memory Kunda of Mpelembe area of unknown age, Ludia Mwansa aged 22 of Mpelembe area with her two female children Judith Kalunga aged two years and Astrida Kalunga aged four years, and Christina Mwitwa aged 67 of Katonga area.
“Nine passengers sustained serious injuries and were rushed to Chitambo District Hospital while eight others were treated and discharged from Mulaushi Rural Health Centre,” Katongo said.
She said the bodies of the deceased are in Serenje District Hospital mortuary awaiting post-mortem.
Zambia Police Service embarks on an in-service training for its officers
THE Police Service has embarked on an in-service training for its officers aimed at equipping offers with appropriate skills to enable them perform their duties so as to meet people’s expectations.
Speaking when he launched the programme, Inspector General of Police, Kakoma Kanganja said his command attaches great importance to training because it is the foundation of any functional system and a critical tool to enhancing proficiency and effectiveness in every organisation.
“I wish from the onset to announce that this program is not only commencing here at Lilayi but also in the other two police training schools and a total of 150 officers will undergo training during the initial refresher course in crowd management,” Kanganja said.
The I. G alos directed that all trainees should be imparted and exposed to similar skills in order to obtain standardized skills in handling and dealing with riotous behavior.
Kanganja said the training program will be ongoing and that his command will ensure that almost every police officer is exposed to the training.
Kanganja added that the training is also in preparation for policing of the 2021 general elections and beyond.
He added that government under President Edgar Lungu has acquired modern equipment in line with the United Nations Standards on Crowd Management.
“The assorted equipment and tools will help heighten operational efficiency in the police service as officers will now be able to swiftly respond to any form of crime. Further, the equipment will enable officers to proficiently police the 2021 general election,” said Kanganja.