PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has received a preliminary report on the killing of two citizens in Lusaka last week.
And President Lungu has made changes in the Police Service Command to allow for a speedy enquiry.
President Lungu said the report is not conclusive as yet and has asked the Inspector General of Police to expedite the investigations.
“Investigations into the matter have not been concluded. l, therefore, call upon witnesses, apart from those interviewed already to help Police. I don’t want the matter to be prejudiced, so let us allow investigators to do a professional job, regardless of who is involved,” said President Lungu.
Meanwhile, President Lungu has made changes to the Zambia Police Service command.
The President has given Inspector General of Police, Kakoma Kanganja a six month contract to transform the institution and regain people’s confidence.
“This is to enable you to conclude the investigations into the killing of two innocent Zambians and allow you to reorganise the Police Service with a view to restoring the eroding public confidence in the Service. This will form the basis for your performance appraisal for further consideration,” the letter from President Lungu to Kanganja reads in part.
President Lungu has since appointed Copperbelt Province Commissioner of Police, Charity Katanga as the new Deputy Inspector General of Police for operations.
The President has also appointed Northern Province Commissioner of Police, Richard Mweene as the new Deputy Inspector General of Police for administration.
President Lungu has further terminated the contract of Deputy Inspector General of Police for operations, Bonnie Kapeso while Deputy Inspector General of Police for administration, Eugene Sibote ‘s contract has not been renewed.
President Lungu has since transferred Eastern Province Commissioner of Police, Lackson Sakala to Lusaka Province to replace Nelson Phiri whose contract has not been renewed.
North Western Province Commissioner of Police, Elias Chushi has been transferred to the Copperbelt province while Muchinga Province Commissioner of Police, Joel Njase has been moved to North Western Province.
State House Deputy Commissioner of Police, Geza Lungu has been promoted to Commissioner of Police and moved to Eastern Province.
And President Lungu has promoted Airport Police Division Deputy Commissioner of Police Lizzy Peter Machina as Muchinga Province Police Commissioner.
Lilayi Training College Deputy Commissioner of Police, Jestus Nsokolo has been promoted as Commissioner of Police to head Northern Province.
President Lungu has also promoted Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police, Zambia Police Headquarters, Dr Charles Mbita as Deputy Commissioner of Police, Lilayi Training College and also promoted Senior Assistant Police Commissioner, Tazara Division, Lazarus Mbuzi to the position of Deputy Commissioner of Police for Central Province.
President Lungu has wished all the affected Officers God’s blessings.
This is according to a statement issued by Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations, Isaac Chipampe.
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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)