MINISTER of Home Affairs and Internal Security Jack Mwiimbu says Police acted professionally in the case of former Ambassador Emmanuel Mwamba, Rizwan Patel and Chris Zumani Zimba.
In a ministerial statement on the matter of urgent public importance raised by Katombora Member of Parliament Clement Andekeki following a statement issued by Law Association of Zambia alleging increased incidents of police brutality against the opposition, Mr Mwiimbu dismissed the assertions.
The Minister said the police officers acted professionally in all the three cases but urged those who have witnessed police brutality to report the matter to the Police Complaints Commission or take legal action.
He said under section 26 of the Criminal Procedure Code chapter 88 of the Laws of Zambia, Police officers are empowered to make arrests without a warrant in specific situations such as when a person commits an offence in the presence of a police officer.
“In the cases of Mr Emmanuel Mwamba, Dr Christopher Zumani Zimba and Mr. Rizwan Patel, Iam proud to indicate that the Police Service acted professionally. Section 26 of the Criminal Procedure Code Chapter 88 of the Laws of Zambia, police officers are empowered to make arrests without a warrant in specific situations such as when a person commits an offence in the presence of a police officer or when the officer has reasonable ground to believe that an offence has been committed,” he said.
But on his Facebook page, Mr Mwamba said the Minister’s statement was not inspiring as he seemingly accepted the behavior of the police.
“Truly sad day to hear him speak on the floor of Parliament in the manner he did accepting wanton criminal behaviour by the Police.
In his view he thinks torture and police brutality done in the past is the only crime people should remember,” Mr Mwamba said.
Recently, the Law Association of Zambia president Lungisani Zulu said there is no law which gives the Zambia Police Service powers to brutalize citizens in the name of ‘minimum force’ during arrests.
Mr Zulu cited incidents involving Mr Mwamba, PF members Rizwan Patel as well Given Phiri, a co-accused person with former State House Special Assistant for Politics Dr. Christopher Zimba as some of the examples involving Police brurality.
He called out Inspector-General of Police Graphel Musamba who was reported to have warned opposition party members to tone down and cooperate with his officers or else the police will use minimum force.
“We take this opportunity to remind the Police Command that Article 15 of the Republican Constitution is very clear when it provides that no person shall be subjected to torture, or to inhuman or degrading punishment or other like treatment,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 30th June, 2023)
PF Secretary General Nakachinda involved in a road traffic accident
PATRIOTIC Front (PF) Secretary General Raphael Nakachinda has been involved in Road Traffic Accident after the vehicle he was driving was hit into by a locomotive.
This happened when Mr Nakachinda who whilst driving an Isuzu vehicle failed to give way to a locomotive hence his vehicle was hit into.
Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the incident occurred today around midnight along the Great North Road at Shikoswe railway crossing.
“Involved was Raphael Mangani Nakachinda aged 45 of house number 1794 Inkanga area of Kafue District who was driving an Isuzu registration number BAH 8695 from North to South who sustained bruised left πarm ,bruised back of the neck , bruised left ear and painful left leg, whilst the vehicle incurred a shattered front windscreen, extensively damaged right side body, rear passenger’s door and both rear lights,” he said.
He said also involved was Vincent Mabinda aged 45 of unknown house number a driver of a Goods Train from west to east direction which had no damages.
“The accident happened when Mr. Raphael Nakachinda who whilst driving an Isuzu vehicle failed to give way to a locomotive hence his vehicle was hit into by an on-coming Locomotive which had the right of way,” he said.
Mr Hamoonga said the accused has since been charged for the offence of Careless driving and his vehicle impounded at the Police station.
(Mwebantu, Saturday, 2nd December, 2023)
I am ready to risk my life to save the PF, says Edgar Lungu
“I AM ready for anything, including risking my own life to save the Patriotic Front (PF),” Former republican President Edgar Lungu has said.
Mr Lungu says victory is certain and that the machinations by the ruling United Party for National Development (UPND) in form of ‘Imingalato’ will not stop him.
He has also noted that he is aware that the next move by the UPND is to lift his immunity, but he is ready and not worried about the outcome.
Speaking when he addressed the media on a number or issues, he said that he did not intend to get back into active politics, but he did so to ensure that PF lives on.
He noted that this was from the backdrop of the machinations from Government to steal, kill and destroy the PF in order to continue their stay in power.
“The machinations became more when those in power wanted to state a coup in PF using their stooges. They were illegally endorsed by police, followed by the National Assembly to swot democracy. This becoming more vivid when the victim who in this case is the PF is treated as a villian and a state sponsored sect is being given protection by the law,” he said.
Mr Lungu claimed that unfortunately, for those in power, it is not possible to submerge the PF in an attempt of using ‘Imingalato.’
“In this regard, I made a call to all opposition s as to defend Zambia’s hard earned democracy. I called for unity of purpose and today I am humbled for the unanimous response. Victory is certain, we shall certainly defeat those scheming against democracy,” he said.
He further claimed that he came back into politics to save the PF from being stolen of killed by the government.
“I am aware the next move is to lift my immunity from prosection. This does not worry me. It is another ploy to divert people from their failure, ” he said.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 1st December, 2023)
‘Imbwili’ jailed for hate speech
OPPOSITION Patriotic Front (PF) member of the Central Committee and former Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili has been handed a five-month prison sentence for hate speech by Kasama Magistrate’s Court.
In this case, Kambwili, 54, of house number 9, Wisteria Avenue, Luanshya was charged with the offence of expressing hatred and ridicule of the persons based on tribe and place of origin.
Kasama Resident Magistrate Samson Mumba found Kambwili after the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubts.
And in mitigation, Kambwili who spoke through his lawyer told court that he was a first offender, a family man and a person who previously served the nation as a cabinet minister.
He also urged the court to take into consideration his health.
In sentencing Kambwili, Magistrate Mumba said he took into account the mitigation.
He however said he sentenced Kambwili to five months imprisonment to deter would be offenders.
Meanwhile, after judgement was passed, Kambwili’s lawyer Kaizara Tembo told journalists his client will appeal against the verdict.
“Currently we are making efforts to lodge in an application for bail pending appeal,” he said.
Kambwili has since been transported to Milima Correctional Facility in Kasama.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 30th November, 2023)