Home Affairs Minister Davies Mwila has admitted that the law allows the Zambia Police Service to run parking lots at police stations.
Last week, MMD National Youth Secretary Bowman Lusambo challenged Mr Mwila to acquaint himself with the law before announcing policy decisions that are outside the law.
Appearing on ZNBC’s Sunday Interview last evening, Mr Mwila said he announced the ban on private vehicles parking at police stations because he wanted to bring sanity to police stations.
He admitted that the Zambia Police Amendment Act of 1999 empowers the Police Inspector General to prescribe the amounts to be paid as parking fees by those leaving the vehicles at the police station for safe keeping.
Mr Mwila said the ban is only temporal and meant to bring sanity and accountability in the running of parking lots by the police.
He said the fees collected by the police from parking fees are never remitted to the state as prescribed by law.
‘Where does that money go? The Police Command should tell us because their offices are not motivated, they lack stationery and they don’t even have fuel and yet that law was made with good intentions of helping the police stations run efficiently,’ Mr Mwila explained.
Although he failed to state when the ban will be lifted, Mr Mwila said some members of the public have started compiling with his directive by not parking at police stations.
‘I have received a lot of messages from members of the public supporting this move. What we want is accountability. The Police Command should ensure sanity is restored. Even if the law is there, we need to check on how these people are working.’
Mr Mwila said it is not the responsibility of the state to ensure a private vehicle is protected.
‘When you buy your car from wherever, do you expect the police to look after the vehicle for you? I don’t think it is the responsibility of the police to protect your car.’