The Zambia Police Service has refuted media reports that Chawama police officers brutally assaulted Maxwell Mambwe.
In a Press Statement to ZANIS today Commissioner of Police Francis Kabonde said the service high command is appalled with the Monitor and Digest Newspaper’s latest edition’s lead story of Tuesday June 3 reading, “Police officers cripple suspect.”
Mr. Kabonde said Mambwe sustained the injuries at the hands of a mob justice after he and another man allegedly stole a car.
He explained that the suspect was only rescued by police officers who later took him to the University Teaching Hospital for treatment but later arrested and charged him with aggravated robbery which is not a bondable offence.
Mr. Kabonde said the matter is before the high court and any further discussion on the issue has potential to raise issues of contempt of court as the photos shown are part of court proceedings.
He wondered whose interest the paper is serving because such evidence should just be produced during the accussed’s defence when court resumes.
On June 3, 2008 the Monitor and Digest Newspaper carried a story saying police brutality has left the 23 year crippled.
Meanwhile, Police in Livingstone last Sunday arrested three dangerous criminals, three Zambians and a Zimbabwean national and recovered three AK 47 riffles with 47 rounds of ammunition.
Mr. Kabonde said the three named Zambians and their Zimbabwean counterpart have been linked to other serious offences in Livingstone and Kazungula area and will soon appear in court.
And three other dangerous bandits have been arrested by Police in Lusaka for different aggravated robbery cases committed in George and Chazanga compounds recently.
Mr. Kabonda said the Police service has intensified the motorised and foot patrols in residential areas in a quest to restore law and order.
Mr. Kabonde also disclosed that Police have in the last seven days realised K71.2 million from fines paid as admission of guilt with traffic highway patrol team leading with K18 million followed by Chilenje Police who raised K12.8 million.