NINE Police officers have been attacked and seriously injured in Katete by a mob which was infuriated after a murder suspect was released due to inadequate evidence.
The mob is believed to have on November 14th, this year apprehended two suspects and handed them to police, but the suspects were later released because of lack of evidence.
In the process, a Police vehicle was also burnt by the infuriated mob.
Police deputy spokesperson Danny Mwale said all nine Police officers are admitted at Saint Francis Mission Hospital in Katete District.
He said the incident occurred on November 19, 2022 around 16:00 hours in Kamwaza village about 35 kilometers south of Katete town.
“Police initial investigations revealed that the Headman was protecting two suspects who are alleged to have been involved in the suspected murder of a man only identified as Kusenseyo in Chieftainess Kawaza area on October 6, 2022.
Members of the public apprehended the suspects who were handed over to Police. The suspects were later released on November 14, 2022 due to lack of evidence and this incensed some members of Kawaza Village who resorted to damaging the Headman’s and the suspects’ houses,” he said
Mr Mwale said some members of the village also accused the Headman identified as Chinzu of practicing witchcraft.
“Nine Police officers rushed to the village following a report of malicious damage to property in which six houses and one motor vehicle belonging to the Headman and the two suspects were damaged by known people in the village.As Police officers were leaving the village around 16:00 hours, an uncompromising mob blocked the road with logs and started pelting the officers with stones and sticks causing serious injuries to them,” he said.
He said the Police officers who were armed restrained themselves from using firearms on the villagers.
“With the help of some community members who rushed to the scene, police managed to withdraw and were rushed to the hospital in Katete.Police have heightened investigations and more Police officers have been dispatched in order to restore law and order in the area,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Sunday, 20th November, 2022)
Alleged UPND cadres arrested for assaulting a traffic police officer.
POLICE have charged and arrested two suspects identified as Monday Kapobe aged 40 of Garden Compound and Trust Musonda aged 27 of Mandevu compound in Lusaka for the offence of Assault on a Police officer.
The two suspects, driver and conductor respectively, who were clad in United Party for National Development attire are alleged to have assaulted a traffic police officer who was on duty at the junctions of Freedom way and Kalambo road in Lusaka’s Central Business District (CBD).
Police deputy spokesperson Danny Mwale said the incident happened on November 24, 2022 around 09:20 hours.
He said preliminary investigations indicate that the Traffic Police officer in company of other officers were doing motorised patrols in the CBD when they observed a Toyota Haice minibus registration number ABV 2328 which was picking passengers at non designated bus stops along Freedom way.
“The bus was intercepted and impounded. along the way to the Police Station near Zambia Revenue Authority offices. The minibus driver decided to disobey the officer’s directives and drove towards Lumumba bus station.
Upon noticing that the minibus driver was going in another direction, the officer who was on board of the impounded minibus ,managed to pull the steering wheel to the left side of the road where the vehicle eventually parked,” he said.
Mr Mwale said the driver switched off the engine and mobilised some ‘co-boys’ who started harassing the officer.
He said the Traffic officer was only rescued by his fellow Traffic officers who rushed to the scene.
Mr Mwale said the suspects are in Police Custody and will appear in court on Monday, November 28, 2022.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 25th November, 2022)
Lusaka Provincial veterinary officer and former ZRA assistant director nabbed for alleged corruption
THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested Lusaka Provincial Veterinary Officer for alleged corrupt practices involving over K28,000.
Police apprehends 20 suspects behind the brutal attack on nine police officers in Kamwaza village in Katete, as IG considers promoting the officers for their professionalism and sacrifice
POLICE have apprehended 20 people suspected to have been behind the attack on police officers in Kamwaza village in Katete district.
Last week, nine police officers were brutally attacked and seriously injured by a mob which was infuriated after a murder suspect was released due to inadequate evidence.
However, the suspects have been apprehended following ongoing investigations surrounding the incident.
Inspector General of police Lemmy Kajoba has announced in a statement that the suspects, all male persons aged between 18 and 53 are also believed to have gutted a Police motor vehicle, Land Cruiser registration number ZP 2502B and participated in the demolition of 16 houses.
“They were rounded-up today, 24th November, 2022 around 02:00 hours in Joweni, Chinzu and Kamwaza Villages in Katete District. All the suspects are currently detained in police custody while investigations have intensified.
As a remedial measure, Police will enhance civic education aimed at enlightening members of the public on the need for co-existence with the police and other government institutions,” he said.
Mr Kajoba has further cautioned certain individuals to avoid politicizing the incident by making unwarranted statements which are not related to what occurred in Katete.
And the IG has disclosed that the police command is considering promoting the officers for their professionalism exhibited during the incident.
“Let me seize this opportunity to thank the general citizenry for supporting and acknowledging how officers applied themselves to avert what could have been a bloody incident.
And as such, let me applaud the professional conduct exhibited by officers who applied themselves by exercising maximum restraint amidst serious provocation by the unruly villagers.As a way to recognise their professionalism and sacrifices, my Command is considering to promote the officers involved,” he said.
Mr Kajoba also assured the nation that the security situation in Chieftainess Kawaza and other surrounding areas is calm and members of the public are going about with their routine businesses without any disturbances.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 24th November, 2022)