Inspector General of Police Stella Libongani
Inspector General of Police Stella Libongani

The Zambia Police has refuted allegations by the Council of Churches of Zambia (CCZ) that police officers are working under special instructions from Command.

“We wish to state that Police officers are professionally trained and have the capacity to investigate any case that is brought before them without following any instructions, this is as indicated in Judges rules Number one,” Inspector General of Police Stella Libongani said.

She said arising from the shooting incident which happened in Mulobezi on 6th June, three cases of threatening violence, unlawful wounding and possession of offensive weapons or materials are currently under investigations.

Additionally, two other cases of assault and destroying campaign materials are also being investigated.

In view of the forth-coming by-elections in Mulobezi, Petauke and Malambo constituencies, Ms Libongani said enough police officers have already been deployed on the ground to maintain law and order as well as handle any volatile situation that may arise. She added that those who will opt to perpetrate electoral violence will be dealt with according to the provisions of the law. So far, no form of electoral violence has been recorded in Petauke and Malambo constituencies.

“It is our desire that these by- elections will be free of any further form of electoral violence. Therefore, we are appealing to all political parties and players taking part in these by-elections to abide by the provisions of the Public Order Act and consult the Police or Security personnel for guidance where they may not be clear or feel threatened,” she said.

“We expect all political parties to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner and that we will receive maximum cooperation from all the stakeholders before, during and after the by-elections.”

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45 COMMENTS

  1. MADAM IG, IF YOU WERE PROFESSIONAL AS YOU CLAIM DAVIES CHAMA SHOULD BE BEHIND BARS
    IT IS ONLY IN ZAMBIA WHERE THE VICTIM IS ARRESTED AND THE PERPETRATOR IS PROTECTED.WHAT PROFESSIONALISM IS THAT?THAT ‘S BS!

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    • Madam IG, please tell us why Davies Chama has not been arrested or called in for questioning when it is alleged that the thug’s gun shot at a person with intent to kill?

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    • This is the million dollar question! Why Chama is not arrested or even questioned; if indeed the police are acting professionally, either their training was flawed or they passed because the marker of their exams was looking for failures rather than those who passed the exam. Stella Libongani is retiring at the exit of PF, no doubt about that.

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    • She said arising from the shooting incident which happened in Mulobezi on 6th June, three cases of threatening violence, unlawful wounding and possession of offensive weapons or materials are currently under investigations.

      Additionally, two other cases of assault and destroying campaign materials are also being investigated.

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    • If a motorist kills a person, it doesn’t matter whether the killed was at fault, only the court will set the motorist free. What about Chama who deliberately shot at a person with intent to kill or disable permanently? Grrrrrrrhhhh, agony is when the police claim professionalism when everyone else sees the opposite. Only in comedies …

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    • PF police can’t act professionally. Zambia has docile and d.ull people in large numbers. No wonder evil is allowed.

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    • Davies Chama did not initiate the attack but was merely defending and protecting himself and his entourage from the upnd thugs that attacked him and were hell bent on causing harm.

      I would have done the same if attacked. Its not criminal but self defence

      So why arrest someone for defending themselves after being attacked?

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    • @ Gen waboza,

      Oscar Pistorius also claimed to be defending himself; just like Chama.
      There is no justification for civilians carrying a guns. In my court, Chama is guilty.

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    • @kavundula

      Its legal and within the provisions of the law in Zambia for civilians to carry licensed and concealed weapons

      Kavundula, in your kangaroo court and using your jungle law, Chama maybe guilty, but in our civilized court system, we apply the law

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    • How can you be professional if the person who appoints you is a politican. It doesnt take rocket science to see that, this type of appointment leads to an almost certain allegiance to the appointing official/and or group.
      Dont insult our intelligence please twapapata. Atleast leave us that dignity, while you carry on with your sporadic campaigns against selected individuals, which you vehemently disguise as investigations.

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    • So ba general, the investigations are already concluded and the judgement has already been passed tefyo? UPND provoked chama and chama shot back defending himself in a public place. so the guy who shot was arrested with no depositions.
      Hmmm, ba GEN your world is amazingly strange.

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    • Davies Chama was defending himself. Why should he be arrested? If someone attacks you you either run or stand your ground and counter attack which is what Chama did. It was very professional of the ZP to not arrest Chama. Am neither UPND or PF but speaking from common sense. Don’t start a fight you can’t finish!

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  2. The police are on the ground, are you? Or you are just following the Past News like any other mentally vulnerable UPND cadre?
    Also tell us why violence is only occurring in so called uPND stronghold, is violence your second nature?

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    • Ba Chief Cadre, I’m sure if Mr Davis Chama was a member of UPND / FDD or Rainbow, and was involved in shooting and wounding a PF cadre even under the so-called self defence, he would have been in jail by now. Zambia Police Service should be seen to be NEUTRAL. We expect ZP to be the refereers in maintaining law and order in the country. People will always take the law into their own hands if they do not feel protected by Zambia Police, hence the violence being seen in most parts of the country during campaigns.

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  3. Libongani & all her cronies in that department are air heads!They can not discharge their duties more rational & radically as they were politically fixed in those strategic positions by Sata & now Jameson Lungu,really pathetic & rotten to the core!Its naïve to expect that department to act professionally,they have their lapdogs & paymasters at the expense of democracy & human rights!Its only regime change which can root out all these hellish primitive actions!We really need change as all good governance institutions & departments are polarised & under performing!

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  4. Inspector General of the Police Stella Libongani should be ashamed . She is not telling the truth.

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  5. Ha ha ha ha ha ha professional he he he he he did she just ki ki ki ki ki say pro ha ha pro ki ki ki pro professional. The only professional police service in this land was pre 1964 after that forget. Mama send an under cover officer to go to Woodland Police station and to make a complaint with a spy camera and show me which part is professional. Do the same in Botswana, Zim, Namibia and even S.A compare the horrible attitude your officers have and tell us about professional. Have you really looked up the word in the dictionary, (if you dont have one google has a free search for you). The only thing your officers are professional at is that they are professionally corrupt. That area I totally agree.

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  6. But you can understand the fears of UPND? Mulobezi is an important gateway to the Western province via Mwandi the seat of senior Chief Inyambo. In the UPND strategic planning they reckon that if they lose Mulobezi then the whole Western province will be up for grabs. What they have refused to accept, like the proverbial ostrich head in the sand, is that they have already started losing their grip in Western, and even the other northern parts of the country where we are just waiting for Hon Mucheleka to come to his senses which will be very soon.

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    • Chief Cadre, even with your shallow analysis typical of your kind (PF), a criminal offense was committed and a human being was wounded.He would have died. This man man could have been your relative. The person who shot is known. The owner of the gun is known. What is not known is why police have not effected an arrest?

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    • And what is not known too, is the motive that stup!d game ranger had by blocking the road!…retards! I wish that bullet got his neck, so folly of cadres, always being used by Politicians, while the same Politicians are seeping coffee!

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  7. Ba Kas, the question still remains unanswered, are you on the ground or speaking from hearsay?

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    • My goodness such idiocy exists? Was a person not shot? The guy in hospital was acting that he was shot? Do you know the police procedure when someone shoots someone else?? Are you really this dumb or you are just pulling our legs coz I am really dumbfounded. Everyone knows PF is full of dull people but to reach this extent is simply mesmerising. Believe me you have broken some sort of record.

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  8. This woman and Katanga have been the most useless political cadre officers. Arrest Chama if you act independently. Shame on you. Your time to dance to the music of the law will one day come. Ask Mary Tembo.

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  9. As for the Christian Council of Zambia, has it been infiltrated by the devil through that woman is it Suzanne or some queer name like that? On a scale of Good and Evil, that woman is probably more sympathetic to ISIS than Christianity. She is certainly not Christian at all, what are genuine Christians doing about it?

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  10. What EVIL MIND this chief cadre is. You will reap your evil mentality Mr Chief cadre as time will catch up with your thinking. The innocent’s blood will react!

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  11. Wether the upnd cadre was in the wrong or not Chama should have been arrested for the use of fire arm. If it was later proved that it was in self defence no one would argue with his release. It is also an offence to lend a gun to some other person (if the driver used chama’s gun) .

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  12. The IG should just keep quiet sometimes. We’re not all cadres. We’ve seen how our Police has acted throughout. There is no professionalism to talk about at the moment. If the IG is sincere in what she is saying, then we have even a bigger problem because she obviously doesn’t know she doesn’t know.

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  13. Libongani,has hormones of a man that’s she can think like a mother, honestly mushukwa,is yo own bro and you are beasy,preasing, that devil chama,

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  14. If you are independent, how did Newton Nguni an ordinary person get police escort and manage to kidnap a sitting DPP?

    You as Stella said there was no way you could arrest the DPP until you got authority from your superiors. Who are your superiors?

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    • Ba Stella Libongani, Professional Police Officer! How did you manage to arrest a sitting DPP when there was a High Court Order quashing the arrest warrant fron Chongwe? Is it not a fact that you have “standing orders” that you cannot arrest a constitutional officer unless with the express permission of the President? Was he the superior you were consulting before effecting your arrest?
      Sometimes you should just keep quite and stop exposing yourself! And Pilato? “Conduct likely to cause a breach of peace”? We are not fools. We might be led by cadres at the moment, but do not take us for fools.

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  15. I pity one hyper-excited Davies Chama! Like his boss I see the mismatch of personality versus the role, misplaced invisibity, a severe lack of thought of what consequences today’s actions might bring tomorrow, self importance that borders on idiocy. This is a trend I have observed that comes with picking people who had never imagined that they will occupy such important in their lives not only in politics in others pheres of life. As CEO of the ruling party, his position requires not only a sober mind but a lot of responsibility and restraint. Insansa shinya ubulanda! Umulandu taubola! Musalu wali pesamba waisa pamulu! Wisdom is better than intellingence (which he lacks) and certainly far much better than power and money. A day of reckoning will surely come

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  16. Just come in the open and say you selectively apply justice reserving the untouchables to avoid the risk of losing your jobs. Its just outright whether you deny it or not. You are biased.

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  17. @GEN
    EACH TIME I READ YOUR COMMENTS IT’S LIKE THEY ARE ALWAYS MADE FROM A CADRE MENTAL. REALLY,IF THE POLICE WERE PROFESSIONAL AS THEY CLAIM,CHAMA SHUD VE BN ARRESTED OR AT LEAST SUMMONED TO THE POLICE FOR QUESTIONING,WHETHER HE ACTED IN DEFENCE OR NOT IS IMMATERIAL. DONT JUST SUPPORT THINGS THAT ARE WRONG JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE A PF CADRE. MY FRIEND ZAMBIA IS MUCH BIGGER THAN PF AND VERY SOON PF WILL BE OUT OF POWER,WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO SWALLOW EVERYTHING THAT COMES FROM PF WITHOUT THINKING. PLEASE USE YOUR INTELLECT NOT THE STOMACH. I HOPE THIS IS NOT TOO MUCH TO AS OF A STAUNCH PF CADRE LIKE U.

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  18. Ba IG for once, using fire arm is not civil. What is there to investigate on use of firearm. You even have the audacity to address the whole nation. You are dafty and not worth the position. Life could have been lost in that shooting. It was not self defence but pomp of now being above the law.
    Shame on you Stella, you are a disgrace to this nation. What professionalism is there looking at a killer. Chama meant to kill in the use of a gun.

    Its a pity for the whole PF because you have introduced violence at a very high scale. What a dirty legacy!!

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  19. It is very clear that the police have lost public confidence. This is because of political expediency. Failing to arrest a government official has definitely broken the law is not being professional. We know and we understand that you cannot arrest Davies Chama without Lungu’s permission.

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  20. Upnd always initiates violence when they ‘ve no capacity to overcome it. You know pf was, is will ever be strong both physically and politically. So why engage in fights with them if you know you will be beaten. You lost a physical fight now wait for the polical fight. If I were you I can pull out of the race.

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  21. Stella Libongani my sister, you are a let-down to the women folk. As a mother, we thought for once the Zambia Police Force was going to act professionally, because you were going to add your motherly instinct i.e. non-biasness to professionalism.

    You had a rare chance and opportunity to shine by leading professionally and turning around the corrupt police service into a very well disciplined and professional force to recon with. Unfortunately you have chosen to sink so low by embracing partisanship and the corruption that comes with it, thereby diving to the bottom of the list of IGs that tried to lead professionally.

    You have disappointed all of us who were elated at your appointment and looked forward to a just and professional police service led by a mother. What a let down…

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  22. No wonder why we are slaves of those in politics. This has nothing to do with politics but a persons life. Every life matters and if people at any second are will to take a life should be concerning. Exactly what threat did Davis Chama encounter other than him being a threat to the public? Right now we should put a nozzle on his face to stop him from biting someone because teeth can be considered a weapon. I’m still astounded by the thoughts of some people saying the person deserved it. People can agree to disagree but not through the use of a weapon. Maybe if the injured had pulled out a gun or a machete could be considered self defense but that was not the case. Quick and rape fingers Davis Chama thought he was above the law and out to prove he could kill anyone he pleased. Jail him.

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  23. ONLY KAMBWILI CAN GRANT PERMISSION FOR THE POLICE TO TOUCH CHAMA. IF KAMBWILI SAYS GO WAIT AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

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  24. To conclude this topic, note that the only way to settle an argument with UPND cadres is to agree with everything that they say, no matter how ridiculous it may be. In short, let us all agree that the UPND cadre is always right and the rest are always wrong. What IG Stella will do with her suspects or suspected suspects is her prerogative, for us commoners it ends at agreeing with UPND cadres.

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  25. If there was a mistake late Sata made was to appoint this lady as IG. May be that is the reason why God took him away!
    IG start building the Zambia we all want to live in. This type of selective justice belongs to the jungle.

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