Resident probes with the Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja who was inspecting Mtendere Police Post in Chawama Compound Kafue that was damaged by people in the area
Resident probes with the Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja who was inspecting Mtendere Police Post in Chawama Compound Kafue that was damaged by people in the area

INSPECTOR General of Police Kakoma Kanganja says the Zambia Police has been applying the Public Order Act fairly but challenges stem from failure by political players to adhere to provisions of the law.

Mr Kanganja, in an interview on Friday, said it was unfortunate that stakeholders sometimes tend to abuse the law but later cry foul.

“Whoever wants to hold an assembly has been given a chance but they end up abusing the opportunity to hold public assemblies. An example is what happened in Choma; people were allowed to hold a public event, but they started attacking innocent people,” he said.

Mr Kanganja said the Public Order Act is meant to protect the people and therefore stakeholders must respect its provisions.

“If political parties abide by the law, the Public Order Act will serve its purpose of ensuring that there is peace during public events,” he said.

He said police have been allowing public events when notified because they are always assured of peaceful processions by the parties involved, but sometimes there is a breakdown of peace and order.

Mr Kanganja said police will now soon start sensitising all the stakeholders so that they understand the importance of abiding by the law.

“If people abide by the law, then we shall not have such problems,” he said.

Mr Kanganja also said the police service has started distributing handbooks on how to police elections to each of its officers in the country.

“We are concerned as Zambia Police at the rate of lawlessness in the country especially when it comes to political violence. We want to see peaceful elections, that is why we are doing everything we can to ensure that there is peace,” he said.

Mr Kanganja urged political party leaders to equally sensitise their cadres on how to conduct themselves during public events.

“We as police do not want to arrest or mistreat anyone, that is why we are calling on everyone to play their role in ensuring that peace prevails because it’s not the job of the police alone,” he said.

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14 COMMENTS

  1. Kanganja-you are an ***** an a very stupid man-sometimes its not necessary to open your mouth when you have nothing to say

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  2. kanganja anorher big foul. your fellow pf fouls have been going round the nation campaigning but you refuse opposition to do the same. ldiot.

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    • Improved like when the POA was used at SMK international airport when hoards of your thugs were hauled in tipper trucks on to the runway or improved like when the POA was fairly used when your thugs raided homes looking for opposition regalia beating up innocents and gouging out ones eye in sinda. Improvement like when the POA was fairly used when reporters in chipata were beaten and urinated in the mouth in chipata once again by your thugs. That kind of improvement of its that kind of improvement then yes the POA has “improved”

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    • Does it mean that the only administration who applied the POA to the least degree in Zambia are the British? Show me a news caption pre-independence where such a lame statement was issued by colonial masters to defend this archaic POA. Let us scrap 24th October as a holiday what are we celebrating and whilst at it remove the eagle from the Zambian flag because we are NOT a free people and we are still oppressed the only difference is that it’s under our own people. If the Eagle must remain draw it in a cage around it with duct tape over the mouth to represent the people of Zambia or replace the Eagle with a punching fist. You will see some cadre will respond in capital letters ati “boma ni boma” oblivious as to where that word boma originated from. Is Zambia cursed to have such people

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  3. PUBLIC ORDER ACT IS VERY NECESSARY IN ZAMBIA AND REASONS BEING: 1 OPPOSITION POLITICAL PARTY LEADERS ARE NOT PROFESSIONAL, 2 ONE OR TWO OPPOSITION LEADERS ARE SO DESPERATE THEY CAN DO ANYTHING TO DISTABILISE THE COMING ELECTIONS, 3 POVERTY-STRICKEN VOTERS ARE ARE VULNERABLE TO BRIBES AND THEREFORE HIGHLY INCITABLE. POLICE MUST BE EMPOWERED TO DEAL WITH ANARCHY IN THE COUNTRY TO AVOID CREATING ANOTHER DRC IN ZAMBIA, 4 WHAT HAS BEEN BUILT WITHIN FEW YEARS OF PF IN GOVT MUST NOT BE LEFT FOR DESTRUCTION BY POTENTIAL RIOTERS SUCH AS OUR BRAINLESS UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AND PARTY CADRES, 5 ZAMBIA NEEDS TO MAINTAIN DEMOCRACY AND PEACE FOR WHICH WE ARE KNOWN, FOR OTHER COUNTRIES TO LEARN FROM, ETC.

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  4. Peter no wonder you write in capital letters. you may be educated but certainly not learned. you seem to forget that when the police is biased in its application of the POA its us the zambians who are suffering. even the PF complained about the implementation of the POA when they were in opposition. EL has stated that the POA is a good law but may be its application is problematic. the fact remains that even today PF cadres can march without a permit but for others you are using magnifying glass to deny them a constitutional right. this will never end as long we tolerate it. you dont need to be in the opposition to tell PF that what theyre tolerating is not good. in case youre doubting my analysis, ask yourself why no zambian president has ever won the Mo Ibrahim award.

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  5. This man will break the record as the most useless Inspector General of Police. His utterances don’t make sense at all. He is more of a PF cadre than a professional police officer. I wonder where Lungu fished this clown from.

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    • The good thing is this clown loses its job this August, 2016 immediately after HH is sworn in as 7th Republican President.

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