A POLICE officer of Kabwata Police Station in Lusaka has died after shooting himself in the chest with an AK47 rifle.
Inspector Steven Banda is alleged to have committed suicide after a marital dispute.
Lusaka Province commissioner of police Charity Katanga said in an interview yesterday that Mr Banda shot himself in the chest at his house in Nyumba Yanga around 15:00 hours on Sunday.
Ms Katanga said Mr Banda was taken to the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
“The officer shot himself whilst at home using an AK47 gun which was in his custody,” Ms Katanga said.
She said police have recovered the firearm with 26 rounds of ammunition.
And police in Lusaka have arrested 93 political cadres for allegedly harassing people in markets.
Ms Katanga said the cadres were arrested between August 25 and August 31 from various markets in Lusaka.
She said of the 93, seven were charged with conduct likely to cause breach of peace and they will appear in court soon while the rest were released after paying admission of guilt fines.
“We conducted operations in Lusaka district after we received reports of harassment from members of the public by suspected political cadres in markets,” Ms Katanga said.
She also said police have arrested six people for allegedly destroying PF materials and a presidential portrait worth K70,000 at Lusaka’s Soweto Market.
She said a PF member Emmanuel Mwape, who operates from Soweto Market, reported the matter to the police.
“These suspects have been charged with malicious damage to property and will appear in court soon,” Ms Katanga said.
She warned that police will continue conducting similar operations to ensure that innocent people are not harassed.
“I wish to warn that we will not relent and will apply the law fairly to all offenders regardless of their political affiliation,” she said.