THE Human Rights Commission says it is concerned by the Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja`s directive to police officers to use unqualified force to maintain law and order.
In a media statement issued yesterday, Commission Spokesperson Mweelwa Muleya said such a directive has potential to be misconstrued as an order for police brutality, which is excessive and unwarranted use of police force.
“The Commission is particularly concerned that the directive by the Inspector General of Police to officers to use unqualified force to maintain law and order.
It must be noted that in the past, the use of force by the police has resulted into grave violation of human rights such as the right to life through extra-judicial killings, the right to protection against cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and the right to liberty through arbitrary arrests and detention of suspects,” Mr Muleya
He advised the police to operate within the provisions of the law because, notwithstanding the order by the IG, they will be held individually accountable through the courts of law in the event that they commit a crime or violate human rights during the course of enforcing the law.
The Commission has also called on political parties involved in political and electoral violence to direct their supporters to lay down machetes and other dangerous weapons and stop all forms of violence in order to create a peaceful electoral environment before, during and after the 12th august 2021 general elections.
“There should be no effort spared towards bringing about and maintaining a peaceful environment because members of the public and all political party members deserve safety and enjoyment of human rights. Further, if acts of political and electoral violence are not curtailed, there is real danger that they may undermine the constitutionally guaranteed human right of the electorate to freely express their will to vote for candidates of their choice,” he said
Antonio Mwanza steps down as PF Youth National Chairman and Media Director.
PATRIOTIC Front (PF) national youth chairman and party media director Antonio Mwanza has stepped down from his positions.
In a media statement, Mr Mwanza said he will remain an ordinary member of the party’s central committee.
“Further, I wish to indicate that I will also be stepping down as the party’s media director.
I pledge my loyalty and commitment to the Party and I pledge to continue working hard for the furtherance of the PF’s agenda,” he said.
Mr Mwanza thanked President Edgar Lungu for the trust and confidence he exhibited in him for the appointments.
Police look for people who tortured a man in Lusaka
POLICE in Lusaka are calling on the public to report criminals among them one clad in a United Party for National Development (UPND) baret for torturing a man at Soweto Market in Lusaka.
In a video circulating on social media some criminals are seen torturing the unidentified male adult.
Police spokesperson Esther Katongo has appealed to members of the public who could have identified any of the thugs in the video to report to the police without delay.
She further calls on the victim in the video to report the matter to police for justice to prevail.
“Police shall not tolerate anyone that would deliberately commit crime with impunity, not even under the guise of politics,” she said.
Chishimba Kambwili, son, two ZRA officials acquitted, by Lusaka Magistrate Court
THE Lusaka Magistrates’ Court has acquitted former National Democratic Congress (NDC) party Chishimba Kambwili of forgery and possession of property suspected to be proceeds of crime amounting to over K6 million.
Delivering judgment in the matter today, Lusaka High Court judge Mwaka Mikalile, sitting as a principal resident magistrate, acquitted Kambwili and others because the prosecution failed to prove the allegations against them.
Magistrate Mikalile said Kambwili during his defence provided the court with evidence of his legitimate sources of income.
She said Kambwili also provided evidence of the contracts he had with companies such as China Henan and had various businesses which he was running.
The court also acquitted Mwamba and Mwamona Engineering Technical Services.
And in acquitting two ZRA employees – Brano Musonda and Mulenga Kapilima, magistrate Mikalile said she found them not guilty as they had authority to prepare the tax clearance certificate for Mwamona Engineering and Technical Services.
Kambwili’s lawyers Keith Mweemba and Gilbert Phiri did not show up in court today.
Kambwili was accompanied by his wife Carol while Matero PF member of parliament was also at court to offer support.