PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has directed the Inspect General of police Kakoma Kanganja to use every resource available to fully investigate the murders of a public prosecutor and a United Party for National Development (UPND) sympathizer as quickly as possible.
The President has since given Mr Kanganja up to Monday, December 28, to make the report available.
In his message of condolences, to the families of Nsama Nsama and Joseph Kaunda, both of whom were killed by an unknown assailant or assailants yesterday in Lusaka, President Lungu said he is grieving with the families of the victims.
“I have taken a moment to reflect on these senseless murders, and I have spoken to the Inspector General of police to find out what could have really happened. As you heard from the Inspector General of police yesterday, police are investigating this matter for the motive and to find out who is behind these killings,” he said.
He said the deaths of two victims would, certainly have been avoided.
“We now believe it pays to spend time at police stations and courts, as cheerleaders of politicians, even over cases that we know little or nothing about. Even after being cautioned against going to the police station in this particular case, citizens, many in sponsored transport traversed there. In short, we have become pawns in other people’s games,” the President said.
He said yesterday’s incidents were totally unnecessary, stating that an individual, was called by the police to answer charges, and yet the country saw multitudes of uninvited citizens thronging the police station.
“What was that about? In the meantime, a situation was created for mayhem and we end up with lives lost. No one is above the law. Not me, not anybody. And as long as I am President, I will not allow anybody to usurp criminal justice.
He urged the country to reflect about the Zambia they want to live in as what happened is not what the country is as it alien.
President Lungu has further urged the country to stay calm as investigators do their work while remaining resolute against crime and say, no, to political chicanery and demagoguery.
“Mr Nsama was not just a prosecutor or a lawyer, he was a husband, dad, son, brother, nephew, uncle, cousin of people who are grieving today. Think about his wife, children, his bigger family. Is this fair? All because of politics? Think about the loss for the National Prosecutions Authority and the country as a whole.
Then you have Joseph. Again a young man, full of life, taken away because of political activism. What about his family? Should Joseph have died this way? Think about the image we are creating for our country? Is this the motivation for the killer? No, Zambia is a haven for peace, we shall not allow anyone to turn this country upside down,” he said.
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Public confidence in the Zambia Police Service is low, President Edgar Lungu says
PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has expressed concern that the public confidence in the police service is low.
Speaking when he swore in Patrick Mutale as chairperson of the Police Public Complaints Commission and Brigadier General Dr Frida Kazembe (RTD) as chairperson of the Zambia Correctional Service Commission, President Lungu said it is up to the police, to regain confidence through their actions.
He urged Mr Mutale to prepare adequately to receive and resolve complaints from the public fairly but firmly as the country heads towards the 2021 general elections.
“There is urgent need for the police service to address these public concerns if the people of Zambia are to regain confidence in them. I, therefore, expect you to use the 34 years of experience you have gained as a lawyer in both the government, where you rose to the position of deputy chief state advocate and the private practice, to turn around the negative public perceptions of the police service,” he said.
And the Head of State has called on Dr Kazembe to immediately start addressing staff welfare issues such as timely appointments, promotions transfers and retirements in the correctional service.
He also urged her to work on the harmonization of conditions of service for correctional facility officers.
“I am aware that prior to your retirement in 2011, you served the public service for 41 years having joined the Zambia army in 1980 as an officer cadet and later rose to serve in various senior positions. Your loyalty to the command and commitment to duty earned you the appointment of the first female general in the Zambia army in 2009. This is an enviable and admirable achievement.
I am, therefore, confident that given your rich professional experience in the defense force, you will, without doubt, diligently apply yourself to ensure that the Zambia correctional service commission is efficiently and effectively operationalized,” President Lungu said.
(Picture by State House)