INSPECTOR General of Police Lemmy Kajoba has directed Provincial deputy police Commissioners to deal with cadres in markets and bus stations.
Mr Kajoba said police have observed with concern reports of harassment of members of the public in markets and bus stations.
He said one intervention is the deployment of police officers in markets and bus stations.
“I have observed with concern the continued reports of harassment of members of the public in some markets and bus stations by some suspected political cadres. To address this problem, I have directed all Deputy Commissioners of Police in Provinces to ensure that they devise mechanisms aimed at averting this problem in all markets and bus stations under their charge. One such intervention will be the deployment of police officers to markets and bus stations as a proactive measure,” Mr Kajoba said.
“This will enable us to respond to people’s concerns without delay hence protecting traders from those cadres who are trying to resist change in the running of markets and bus stations.
It has become a practice that whenever cadres notice the absence of police officers, they begin harassing the public and only escape the moment police officers are called in to restore order.”
He said country should not continue on that reactive route.
“My appeal to traders is that they should report individuals who are in a habit of harassing them to police officers who will be deployed and should always pay fees to officials from the local authorities and not cadres.”
Police arrest duo, who run away with USD 800,000 during a raid in Lusaka
POLICE in Lusaka have formerly charged and arrested Mutemwa Mutemwa, State Counsel, for the offence of theft while Detective Chief Inspector Mano Kayombo for the offence of Theft by Public Servant.
Police Spokesperson Rea Hamoonga, told the media in a statement to #Mwebantu, that the duo have since been detained in police custody and will appear in court soon.
Mr Hamoonga said this in connection to the theft of Eight Hundred thousand United Dollars belonging to Lloyd Chinjenge of house number 2415 ibex hill Lusaka.
He explained that the incident occurred on 19th October,2021 at Chinjenge’s other residence in Salama Park.
Our client and others are not on the run with USD 800,000 says lawyer Makebi Zulu
LAWYER Makebi Zulu has written the Inspector General of Police Lemmy Kajoba disputing a report issued by Police Spokesperson Rae Hamoonga that his client Mutemwa Mutemwa and others are on the run.
In a letter addressed to Kajoba, Mr Zulu said his clients are ready to appear before the police on Wednesday.
“Where as it has been widely circulated that our clients are on the run, the same is denied, and ours advises that they will attend in the presence of counsel at Lusaka Central Police tomorrow the 27th October 2021 at 07:30 hours, kindly advise if the same time is convenient.”
Mr Zulu has further denied that there was a report that Mutemwa had admitted that US $ 400, 000 was taken from anyone.
Yesterday, Police Spokesperson Rae Hamoonga issued a statement that police were investigating a matter in which US$800,000 was allegedly stolen by lawyer Mutemwa Mutemwa State Counsel (SC), Mutemwa Mutemwa Junior (Jnr) both of Mutemwa Legal Practioners and Detective Chief Inspector Mano Kayombo of Lusaka Central Police Station during a search party.
Mr Hamoonga said the alleged stolen money is a property of Lloyd Chinjenge of House number 2415 Ibex Hill Lusaka.
Milingo Lungu pleads not guilty, as amount of money he is alleged to have stolen is reduced
KCM Provisional Liquidator Milingo Lungu has pleaded not guilty of theft and money laundering involving K4.4 million.
Lungu, 43, a legal practitioner, appeared before Lusaka magistrate Felix Kaoma and denied commiting the two offences.
Trial has been set for November 29, 30 and December 1.
In count one, it is alleged that Lungu between May 22, 2019 and September 28, 2021 being a provisional liquidator stole K4.4 million, the property of Konkola Copper Mines PlC.
In count two, allegations are that Lungu during the same period transfered K4.4 million knowing or having reasons to be believe the same to be proceeds of crime.
Lungu first appeared in the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court on October 13 but chief resident magistrate Dominic Makalicha told him that his docket had not yet been forwarded to the court.
And when he appeared on October 19 before magistrate Makalicha, he allocated the case to Magistrate Felix Kaoma who was not around for the accused to take plea.
However, when the case was called before magistrate Kaoma today, the magistrate explained the charges to Lungu who is represented by Sakwiba Sikota, Moses Chitambala, Makebi Zulu and Jonas Zimba.
And Lungu said he understood the charges but pleaded not guilty.
The prosecution team comprises Gamaliel Zimba who is the deputy chief state advocate under the taxation and financial crimes department, principal state advocate Gracilia Mulenga, Margaret Simuchimba senior state advocate and state advocate Sipholiano Phiri.
The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) arrested Lungu on September 29 and charged him with obtaining false pretenses amounting to US$2.200,000.00.
He was also charged with money laundering and theft of K110.4 million and Us$250,000.00. When arraigned in court, the money he is alleged to have stolen has reduced to K4.4 million.