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Police officers will be sued in their individual capacities -UPND

Headlines Police officers will be sued in their individual capacities -UPND

Police disrupt UPND meeting
Police disrupt UPND meeting

UPND has said police officers will be sued in their individual capacities.As the UPND campaign team interacted with Solwezi residents yesterday the Police fired live gunshots to try and disrupt their scheduled meetings at Makumbi turnoff in total disregard of the electoral code of conduct. However UPND supporters defied the police and still attended the meeting in numbers despite the intimidation.

UPND president Hakainde Hichilema said these are the kinds of provocative activities that Zambians should not tolerate.

This morning the UPND were informed by police officers led by Mumbuna that their scheduled meetings with Vice president Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba (GBM)have all been cancelled and that they must at all costs leave Solwezi or the police would forcefully deported them out of the place.

UPND president said this was the same Mumbuna who personally disrupted three of their scheduled meetings yesterday and he personally fired live gunshots.

‘I have personally spoken to Mumbuna himself and told him that what he is doing is totally unconstitutional and that we have the right to peacefully continue with our campaigns as provided by the electoral code of conduct.So far police officers mainly from the Copperbelt and other areas have been mobilised and are being abused to carryout the nasty exercise which might result into other ugly scenes around Solwezi as we are not leaving this place until our schedule period,’Mr.Hichilema said.

UPND president Hakainde Hichilema and Vice president Geoffrey Mwamba in Solwezi
UPND president Hakainde Hichilema and Vice president Geoffrey Mwamba in Solwezi

‘These are officers from the Copperbelt whose welfare we are fully concerned with as well because they are equally facing harsh economic challenges.These are basically the same tactics our colleagues in the PF use when they know they are losing an election and want to forcefully grab it by all crooked means.At time like this, one would think our energies would be towards salvaging the economic downturn than threats and intimidation of political opponents.Our people are losing jobs in the mining communities and other industries and so far, we have already received confirmed cases of people committing suicide on being served letters of redundancy,’Mr.Hichilema said.

In a press statement released to the media by UPND legal chairman Jack Mwiimbu,the UPND said they have taken note of the gross and wanton violation of their members’ fundamental rights yesterday and today by the Police in Solwezi.

Their attempt to disrupt and cancel the campaign meetings of UPND President Hakainde Hichilema is not only despicable but also unacceptable.

Zambia is not a police state, where the Police do whatever they wish.


Zambia is not a police state, where the Police do whatever they wish. Zambians have fundamental human rights that are protected by the Constitution.

We therefore wish to give notice that individual police officers shall be held accountable. We shall henceforth take note of the individual acts of police officers and appropriate legal action will be taken against them in courts of law.

We advise police officers not to abide by unlawful instructions for they shall be held accountable in their individual capacities.

Police deployed in Solwezi
Police deployed in Solwezi

34 COMMENTS

    • Sueing them in their individual capacities as if they were not on duty. Policy duties involves commands and orders so what do you expect them to do.

    • Sueing them in their individual capacities as if they were not on duty. Policy duties involves commands and orders so what do you expect them to do. And the picture can tell you a story about the real upnd at the grass root level. The online updn talks sheet like entire Zambia is behind them and yet they not loved. Updn are political failures

    • Police officers have the right to question commands if they sound unethical instead of blindly obeying orders even if they are wrong like a bunch of blind frogs

  1. You UPND party just do clean campaign otherwise don’t take solwezi West as personal this time you will lose this seat to Pf because of your petty politics

    • Kalulu, dont be like a tick clinging to a carcas. PF is dead hence their behavior. Ignore this at your own peril. Ask RB, he cried and yet his thinking was like your thinking in 2011. Accept reality and you be wise and family will be proud of. Otherwise you will look stupid in the eyes of your family members and friends

  2. And this is the writing, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.
    This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom (PF), and finished it. TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting (Chagwa). PERES; Thy kingdom is divided (PF), and given to the Medes and Persians (UPND).

  3. Comment: You are not Sata(mhsrp) and the strategy you are copying won’t work. Zambians are not dull. Those politics are long gone and Zambia will only change the GRZ when the time comes. But this is not the right time. First you provoke,then seek sympathy. H h as usual.

  4. My beloved country is moving backward instead of forward. My heart bleeds with sadness when I behold these scenes. Where are the people that ushered in multi party democracy in 1990? Where are we, will we let the country be run by thugs with no vision, who will end up running down the economy until we all perish? Let’s revolt and rebel against these thugs or else we perish.

  5. I made up my mind to do that & only that which is radical,proactive & rational for Zambia! That sensible thing is to fear no one but God! PF leaders & their illiterate police slaves will surely pay heavily soon!This week on Tuesday South Africa(led by Zuma) was paying tribute to about 60 police officers who were brutally murdered in cold blood while on duty this year alone!This sad episode in South Africa may replicate in Zambia soon going by the way these unprofessional pathetic primitive police slaves under chi PF are executing their duties!Time is running out for pathetic PF & Zambian politics will never be democratic any more unless these dunderheads are ousted out of power!

  6. @MMD Chief Bootlicker- you are a dull irrational old foolish senior citizen of the 21st century!Is that a quire question that can fail to be dealt by your common sense sure? Surely,ageing is taking its toll on your common sense for this can be handled so squarely by Muliokela!You can not envisage about change if you do not talk of UPND & HH for this is the only proactive & viable party of the moment-so that’s your simple answer to you fool!

  7. THIS IS STATEMENT HAS BEEN OVERDUE. JACK MWIMBU SHOULD NOT STOP AT MAKING THE STATEMENT, HE SHOULD FOLLOW IT UP WITH ACTION. THE NOTORIOUS KATANGA AND KAMUKOSHI, AMONG OTHERS, SHOULD HAVE BEEN SUED LONG TIME AGO. NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW AND THE POLICE SHOULD NOT BE ACTING OUTSIDE THE LAW. THE CONSTITUTION IS OUR SUPREME LAW IN THE COUNTRY AND NO ONE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO VIOLET IT WITH IMPUNITY. JACK MWIMBU SHOULD ACT LIKE MR. MWANAWASA WHEN HE WAS CHAIRMAN OF THE LEGAL COMMITTEE OF MMD. HE TOOK ON THE UNIP REGIME AND STOPPED THEM FROM ABUSING PEOPLE’S CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.

  8. UPND think that Sata’s tactics will work for them ,people change everyday and things do the same.
    Zambian are no longer in 19th ,we are in 20th.

  9. I for one has got no sense out of this report.Please ba LT give us a break.You mean officer Mumbuna is mad to fire bullets anyhow?He must ‘ve been prompted by some apparent illegality.I’ve always tried to believe that the police do their best to restrict the cheap excitment of some politicians from getting out of hand,more so in a place like Solwezi. Like somone says Sata was his own political tactitian and non ‘ll ever be like him. Upstart politicians are better off not copying him.Be original

    • Remember Sata was in politics for over 40 years when he became President. HH has been in politics for less than 10 years and yet he is causing tremers to PF. So HH is by far better than Sata in terms of organisational skills. HH the man of his own, GO GO GO

  10. UPND get comfort for Zambians by and large hate injustice. The PF Police harassment is to your advantage. Look at the parties who are in cahoots with Edgar, are they a factor in our politics? No!

    Solider on….uwingila mumushita tatina nswanswa….!

  11. If you grew up in Zambia you will know that policemen get excited when they are used by politicians a lot of them have ended up bring in trouble because of the orders that come from the high command as you are aware they can not refuse thus but act remember when KK was shot with a live bullet in kabwe. These cops were told to stop HH by no means but that is very wrong when there is a by election in the area. Don’t support nonsense tomorrow it may be you or me.

  12. Comment:
    @sponge bob. If u have a dstv set, watch next week on channel 404 & 405 how the 9 police officers who were involved in a Mozambican Tax Driver in who later died in the Cell & the Marikana shooting of Miners in South africa how they will be sentenced. They have all been convicted. They were all on duty doing what the command told them to do. But did the command save them or rescue them from the Law & the Court?
    Sanga answer wemwine.

    • Iwe shimaini, they did not command them to drag that poor fellow in the streets…why boza so or is it that you just wanted to indicate that you subscribed to DSTV also?

  13. @dull,
    Indeed you ‘re dull the issue is not about dragging a person but the behaviour & over excitment which most policemen have. They think they are untouchables now wait & see what will be happening once the legal team finishes the filing in high court, it will be a chain of police command.

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