PRESIDENT Rupiah Banda has welcomed changes to the police command on the Copperbelt, saying they should not have allowed Vice-President George Kunda and suspected Patriotic Front (PF) cadres to use the same route during the Chifubu parliamentary by-election campaigns.
Mr Banda said yesterday that the incident in Ndola last week where some suspected PF cadres blocked the vice-president’s motorcade could have been avoided if it was not for laxity on the part of the police.
He wondered why the police allowed Mr Kunda and opposition cadres to use the same route.
“Don’t you think that’s good enough a reason? Why have a meeting at the same place and allow the vice-president to be on the same route, that could have been avoided,” Mr Banda said in response to a question from journalists.
He was speaking at City Airport in Lusaka upon his arrival from Chipata.
Inspector-General of Police Francis Kabonde at the weekend made changes to the police service high command, and shifted Copperbelt Province chief Antoneil Mutentwa to Lusaka where he would be director of medical services.
He takes over from Martin Malama who has been appointed Copperbelt Province police chief.
Meanwhile, President Banda refused to comment on PF president Michael Sata’s statement that he had secured former Defence minister George Mpombo’s conviction as reported in the Sunday Post because the matter was in court
Sources in the Zambia Police Service said there were several other changes expected to be made soon.
The president was welcomed at the airport by Mr Kunda, Presidential Affairs Minister Ronald Mukuma and Lusaka Province Minister Charles Shawa.
He was accompanied to Chipata by Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources Minister Catherine Namugala and Science, Technology and Vocational Training Deputy Minister, Lameck Mangani.
Meanwhile, President Banda refused to comment on PF president Michael Sata’s statement that he had secured former Defence minister George Mpombo’s conviction as reported in the Sunday Post because the matter was in court.
[Times of Zambia]