Deputy Chief Parliamentary security officer arrested after brandishing a gun at a RATSA check point
A MOTORIST is said to have produced a gun at a checkpoint mounted to screen drunk-drivers in Lusaka’s Chilenje.
Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) director Zindaba Soko said in a statement yesterday that the driver of registration ALF 1550 started unnecessary hooting at the officers on Chilimbulu Road.
The driver was identified as Melvis Shamakamba, Deputy Chief Parliamentary security officer at the National Assembly of Zambia.
Mr Shamakamba is alleged to have been in the company of an identified woman.
He allegedly produced a gun after he was interrogated by the RTSA officers and sped off from the checkpoint but the woman jumped off the car.
Mr Soko said the woman escaped unhurt and refused to give any details to the RTSA officers.
He said RTSA officers followed Mr Shamakamba and managed to intercept him along Yotamu Muleya Road after he hit into a RTSA patrol vehicle.
The officer later secured the firearm and handed over Mr Shamakamba to Chilenje Police Station.
The alcohol test results for his blood sample are yet to be released from the University Teaching Hospital (UTH).
Mr Soko has bemoaned the high levels of motorists who have continued to deliberately flout road traffic regulations.
“For some time now, the agency has been running programmes aimed at sensitising people on the importance of obeying road traffic regulations.
“We warn all motorists that the agency will not allow any driver to take the law into their hands regardless of their social standing,” Mr Soko said.
He said itis disheartening that the driver in question is a Government worker, who in fact, must be enforcing the law.