President Sata suspends Copperbelt top cop, ACC puts her under probe
President Michael Sata has suspended Copperbelt Police Commissioner Mary Tembo with immediate effect.
This is according to a statement released by Home Affairs Minister Edgar Lungu.Ms Tembo is alleged to have received a Toyota corolla worth K15 000 from a named mining company for her personal use without declaring it to her superiors.
Mr. Lungu said in view of allegations of corruption levelled against Ms. Tembo,President Sata has with immediate effect suspended her from exercising the powers and functions of her office.
Mr. Lungu said Ms Tembo cannot continue carrying out her duties because the alleged act of converting a motor vehicle or indeed any property donated by well-wishers to personal use without declaring that property to superiors contradicts the code of ethics for the public service.
He said the code of ethics for the public service states that a public service employee shall not accept gifts, rewards or hospitality or receive benefits of any kind from any person or organisation which might compromise or reasonably be seen to compromise one’s personal judgment or integrity.
He said the matter has since been handed over to the Anti-Corruption Commission for investigations.
Mr. Lungu added that President Sata has re-deployed Lusaka Province commissioner, Ms Joyce Kasosa to act during the investigations.