INSPECTOR general of Police Lemmy Kajoba has warned criminals harrassing and torturing those perceived to be their political enemies.
In a media statement, Mr Kajoba has directed officers around the country to bring to book criminals involved in the heinous crimes.
“Such conduct is evidenced by the reports which we are receiving as Zambia Police as well as videos circulating on social media.
I want to make it sink in the minds of all criminals behind such heinous acts or any other form of criminal activity that I will not allow such kind of lawlessness to happen under my watch. All those that would want to take the path of criminality under the guise of politics or any other motive should know that their time to answer to criminal charges is slowly catching up with them,” he said.
Mr Kajoba said his command will not in any way apply the law selectively but shall ensure that all persons are protected from criminality and that they enjoy their human rights and freedoms as enshrined in the Constitution.
He said police will ensure that law and order is maintained by reaching out to all those whose behaviour will be contrary to the provisions of the law irrespective of their status in society.
“From the disturbing incidences that have happened so far, we followed up the offenders and we have arrested about 10 suspects for various offences who will be appearing in Court and we are still searching for those that have gone into hiding,” Mr Kajoba said.
He also warned offenders who have temporarily managed to elude the long arm of the law is that they should not in any way feel safe where ever they may be hiding because soon they will be fished out and be made to answer for their criminal acts.
The IG further called on members of the public who could have fallen victim of such misconduct to quickly report to the nearest police so that perpetrators are brought to book.
“I therefore, expect police officers to be swift in responding to reports made by members of the public so that we can quickly get rid of criminals tormenting people in communities,” he said.
Woman steals newly born baby to take a picture as evidence to her boyfriend
POLICE have apprehended a 24-year-old woman for stealing a baby from Kafue General Hospital maternity ward.
When detained by hospital staff, Christine Tembo said the motive behind stealing of the baby was to take a picture and send to her boyfriend whom she had told that she was expecting.
Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said Tembo of Mtendere East in Lusaka has since been apprehended for the offence of child stealing.
“The incident occurred on 21st October, 2021 at around 17:30 hours at Kafue General Hospital Maternity ward.
It is alleged that the suspect went to the maternity ward where she got the baby belonging to Mildred Munyama aged 23 of unknown house number in Shimabala West. The suspect was later apprehended by Hospital staff and upon being interviewed she revealed that the motive behind stealing of the baby was to take a picture of the baby and send to her boyfriend whom she had told that she was expecting and now with a baby,” he said.
Mr Hamoonga said Tembo is currently detained in police custody.
Hungry woman arrested, fined K 200 for buying bananas worth K 10 from a street vendor
A THIRTY-NINE-YEAR-OLD woman of Kitwe has been apprehended and fined K200 for buying five bananas worth K10 from a street vendor.
Iness Munyeme, 39 of house number 2268 Luangwa West, was apprehended together with four others for buying merchandise from the street.
Kitwe City Council public relations manager Chola Mwamba told #Mwebantu, that the four were cautioned with Ms Munyeme who has since been fined K200 after admission of guilty.
“Kitwe City Council would like to inform members of the public that we have this week apprehended 5 people for buying merchandise from street vendors,” Mwamba said.
Mwamba said the local authority is disappointed that some residents have continued buying their mechendise from street vendors.
She said if the trend continues traders will encouraged to abandon their market stands in preference for the street thereby contributing to the increase in street vending, street congestion and street litering as well as loss of revenue in the markets.
“However, the Council police will continue patrolling the CBD and arrest any one buying items from street vendors,” Mwamba said.
Recently, Council Town Clerk Mbulo Seke announced the move start arresting and prosecuting people buying merchandise from undesignated trading places in an effort to curb street vending.
The Town Clerk said the move is in view of the observed unhealthy customer behaviour of preferring to buy from streets instead designated trading places.
Father warned for failing to secure firearm, after his son shot dead his elder sister
A FATHER to a juvenile accused of shooting dead his elder sister using his gun has been warned and cautioned for failing to secure a firearm.
Meanwhile, the juvenile has been arrested and charged with murder.
In a media statement, police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said Lyson Phiri aged 70 has been warned and cautioned for the offence of failing to secure a fire arm Contrary to Section 38 (1) of CAP 110 of the laws of Zambia.
Mr Hamoonga further Mr Phiri juvenile’s son has also been arrested and charged with murder.
“Police have formerly charged and arrested the male Juvenile aged 18 for Murder Contrary to Section 200 of CAP 87 of the laws of Zambia,” he said.
Last, the juvenile shot dead his 39 year old sister who was at the time seated in the living room.