Panji Kaunda directs Police to arrest people who beat Journalists

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Home Affairs Deputy Minister Panji Kaunda (middle) greets an inmate at Livingstone Central Prison
Home Affairs Deputy Minister Panji Kaunda (middle)
greets an inmate at Livingstone Central Prison

GOVERNMENT has directed the provincial police command in Eastern Province to quickly arrest people who were involved in the beating of journalists in Vubwi District.

Home Affairs Deputy Minister Colonel Panji Kaunda said yesterday that it was unfortunate that the police were still claiming that were still investigating the beating of journalists and invading into Breeze FM during a live programme by known people.

Col Kaunda said Government would like to see an action over the matter from the police.

He said President Edgar Lungu was clear that he would not condoned lawlessness in the country.

He said people were becoming suspicious that the two matters involving Breeze FM and attack on journalists were taking long for police to conclude investigations.

“How can police take two to three weeks just to investigate Breeze FM incident and the other attack on two journalists in Vubwi District?.We don’t want stories anymore from the police but we should see an action towards the arrest of people who were involved in the attack,” he said.

Col Kaunda said the two journalists have continued complaining that there was no action that was being taken by police despite reporting the matter.

He said he was not happy with what the police were doing in reluctantly moving in and arrest the people involved.

And Chipata Press Club Vice Chairperson Oswald Yambani II said the club was concerned that the police in Chipata have not made arrests to people who attacked journalists in Vubwi.

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16 COMMENTS

  1. ..so the police have to be instructed by politicians to do their work…??…for me its like the police had to ask the powers that may be if they could arrest the culprits…very soon will hear that two or three people have been arrested….how about those who attacked Nawakwi…???

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    • Nawakwi was not attacked. Its just political propaganda. Ever imagined how an attacked person looks like? Of course not Edith please.

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    • The sad part is that the junior minister said the “president will not condone violence.”
      It must not be about the president but the law.
      Looks like in Zambia we don’t have laws but presidential decrees.
      “Ifiko, amafi…” fye.

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  2. Does Zambia still have a police service to protect citizens and ensure that law and order are maintained?

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  3. Not a good start for the new IG. How is ZP going to curb violence if they have to wait for instructions from politicians? What has happened to professionalism pa Zed?

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  4. Now you agree that the police service is no PF force. It takes a politician to tell the police to act and not the police acting independently. If they were UPND cadres, they would have been appearing before the courts of law by now.

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  5. This is folly of the highest order by this incompetent empty tins …soon they will be DIRECTING the Police to arrest thieves…how did we end up with such useless vessels as leaders?

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  6. nawakwi was attacked by Moslems suicide bombers who do not believe an infidel Like Nawakwi can enter a mosque

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  7. Government would like to warn all Ministers to avoid issuing statements on the Party and its government. As government we do not want contradicting statements with regard to the PF.

    The position of government is that the PF is not a violent political party. Thus, any acts of violence should can only be from the opposition. Any acts of violence by cadres wearing the PF regalia should be appropriately termed as “suspected PF cadres.

    Allow me to illustrate, the attack on Mrs Mwanawasa and Mrs Mutale Nalumango in Chinsali was by villagers and not nessesarily by our gallant foot soldiers. Nevers Mumba was attacked in pure chimbuya fashion by inspector Daka. He did not mean to harm any one. Te Breeze FM incident was stage manage by agenda for zambia vubwi branch. We also know that…

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  8. Will these zombie police listen to Panji when they have refused to listen to his boss Davis Mwila over the road blocks. The only hoodlum these policemen & women will listen to is Jameson himself. Kanganja the other day was saying Jameson INSTRUCTED him to apply the POA fairly. Now Kanganja couldn’t read it for himself & act professionally. He had to be told.

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  9. You mean there is no police station in Vubwi for these clowns to be urging Chipata police to apprehend the culprits in Vubwi?…and you mean an order has to come from a president or a minister to arrest such culprits ?.. Is there law and order in zambia ?.. What a joke..

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