IG bans police officers from chasing erring motorists
Mr Mateyo has however instructed the police officers to take note of the registration and fleet numbers of mini bus or any other vechicle and circulate the details to other officers.
He said this in a press statement released to ZANIS in Lusaka today by Police
spokespserson, Bonny Kapeso.
Mr Mateyo’s directive comes in the wake of yesterday’s incident in which a traffic
officer who was allegedly chasing a mini-bus driver for a traffic offense, resulted
into an accident which almost sparked off a riot in town.
He noted that the law requires that 14 days be given to motorists who disobey
traffic rules to report themselves to any nearest police station, failure to which
they would be arrested.
Mr Mateyo noted that officers should be proffessional,considerate and polite when
dealing with members of the public while upholding the law firmly and fairly.
He has since regretted the death of an innocent person during yesterday’s near riot,
adding that the victim might have not even been involved in the confusion.
Mr Mateyo has assured the nation that measures will be put in place to avoid a
recurrence of yesterday’s incident, adding that only credible officers will be retained to perform traffic duties.