MIles Sampa Launching his Democratic Front Party
MIles Sampa Launching his Democratic Front Party

POLICE on the Copperbelt have warned and cautioned 14 people for allegedly trespassing on Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport in Ndola last month and preventing former Matero member of Parliament (MP) Miles Sampa from alighting from a Proflight Zambia plane.

Mr Sampa was scheduled to proceed to Kitwe for the launch of the Democratic Front (PF).

Copperbelt commissioner of police Charity Katanga said in Kitwe yesterday that police managed to capture registration numbers of the vehicles that the suspects used to ferry people to the airport and contacted the Road Transport and Safety Agency for their respective addresses.

Ms Katanga also said police also apprehended some people in connection with the fracas.

She, however, said police are still investigating the matter to bring more culprits to book for trying to endanger the lives of people at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport.

Ms Katanga was speaking in Kitwe yesterday during a tour of police stations in the district before holding a meeting with Copperbelt-based district commanding officers.

She said police officers should not spend time politicking because they have a noble duty to protect ordinary citizens.

Ms Katanga also urged political parties to acquaint themselves with the Public Order Act to avoid coming into conflict with the law during campaigns.

She also said police on the Copperbelt are ready to handle any eventualities that may arise during this year’s elections because they have adequate manpower.

Ms Katanga also said the police have intensified patrols in communities to safeguard the lives of residents but urged the private sector to supplement their efforts.

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40 COMMENTS

    • For the ndola terrorist act it’s just some” people ” who were clad in pf regalia in broad daylight , but for the bweengwa police are saying it’s suspected upnd cadres, when they have openly said they couldn’t see the attackers because it was dark.

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    • Finally the pressure is yielding results, PF thugs are being brought to book. The pressure wont stop till they see the inside of jail.

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    • Not fya 14 there were tipper loads of those terrorrists (how many goons can fit in a tipper? He number plates are on the photos, who are the owners of these tippers? Next Sinda PF thugs who raided people’s homes and battered oppositions sympathisers where ones eye was gouged out, next pf goons who battered reporters in chipata and urinated in theirs mouthS, next all radio station raiders, next mobs hotel thugs, next the shooters in mulobezi and next the 2 (Two) separate murderers in livingstone next next next hen maybe we can believe PF means we’ll for zambia

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    • there must be proof that the arrested people are real pf cadres, this will after appearing in courts of law.

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    • What these PFoolish maggots did is true terrorism. It is not unruly behaviour but terrorism. They should go to Somalia where they belong. I hope that they will be locked up in jail for a long time.
      #ChagwaMustFall

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  1. After much denial and attempted cover-up, PF has finally succumbed to their opponents’ pressure. Apply justice wifh favouritism.

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  2. This is too late and they have not even bothered to think through. What we need is a solid Police force with National interests at heart without fear or favour. The current Police leadership is very compromised and its a damn shame.

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  3. The chief of airport security must be fired. You cannot let outsiders take over an INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. This was a life threatening situation. Security was breached and someone could have smuggled a bomb through security during the fracas. After firing the security chief set up an inquiry to review what happened and institute a plan to prevent that from happening again. The plan should be demanded by the minister in charge of airports. He should review and accept or not accept if it does not go far enough.

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  4. Cadres of which political party? What a feeble attempt after such a long time. I wouldn’t be surprised if Katanga called them simply to apologise to them. We are quickly descending towards chaos.

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  5. That is just window-dressing by the police. We all know the police has not done anything. This is an empty statement which anyone can make and the statement is so vague and ambiguous. It cannot even be verified.

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  6. Stupid where were you all this time? I can’t even believe it you are just as clueless,visionless,brainless,useless and stupid as Edgar kaloba chakolwa lungu. Only a fool will vote for this lazy bum.

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  7. Madam,save time on man hours these ‘cadres’ you are for looking are in plain view in Kitwe and are known foot soldiers for a notorious jerabo king pin.And so you’re implying that Southern police is more effective than CB polic !? They cracked the case in less than a week and it took you how long?

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  8. useless statement from the Police please even police are also being beaten but you are quite .This is how civil wars start why only targeting UPND.You have failed the nation

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  9. Why can’t our police act professionally? It is so annoying to be treated to such Kind of mediocrity by our uniformed men and women. Zambia and Zambians should be the pride of your works. Politicians you are protecting are just…….(fill up the blanks).

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  10. PF and your government, are you coming or going?!? You are backtracking on everything. Ever heard of the story of the boy who cried wolf? Most Zambians have and it is not looking good for you.

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  11. This is a lie. how did they manage to get vehicle registration numbers when there was no presence of any police officer.

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  12. Tongas why are so bitter…whats wrong with this update…You are not meant to rule Zambia but to take care of cattle

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    • @James……

      Don’t use your legs to think. I don’t think it has to go into tribalism already. You are the PF supporters who want to justify any wrong action by your party no matter how wrong it is.

      Wait until UPND rules then you will collapse with indignation.

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  13. They should have been rounded up and arrested on the same day. I don’t understand why it should take one whole month. Sheer incompetence

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    • @chileshe chileshe, the question you should ask yourself is, “did Sampa apply for permit to launch his party in Ndola? If not, then how do you expect the Police to know his presence at the airport in Ndola. Then how did the suspected cadres know that Sampa was aboard a jet? These are some of the questions that you are supposed to ask yourselves before commenting wildly. So lets wait and hear the outcome of the arrest of the suspects. Something is wrong here because Zambian politics stinks. Sampa might have organised this fracas so that people should say it is PF cadres just to tarnish the image of PF.

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    • @Misozi. The issue here is that cadres invaded an international airport and a plane failed to land. The riotous PF cadres should have been arrested while they were on the runway but the incompetent/impotent Police who were present at the scene did not arrest anyone.

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  14. So the cops are spending time discussing politics as per katanga’s admission. This revolution is real kanshi

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  15. Warned and cautioned. Interesting, so they are free now. That was a criminal act which deserves severe punishment.

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  16. SOLWEZI POLICE IMPOUNDED A FUSO TRUCK BELIEVED TO HAVE FERRIED UP-E CADRES FROM BENGWA SP TO HIDE AT A CERTAIN FARM IN SOLWEZI ENGINEERED BY A NEW MP OF SOL.WEST.
    THE TRUCK WAS RELEASED ARROUND 11 HRS.
    QUESTION
    ARE POLICE AND OP ON TOP OF THINGS? TO ME ITS NO, ACTUALLY THEY APPEAR NOT TO HAVE ANY WORKPLAN HOW TO MONITOR AND ARREST THE SITUATION.THESE CADRE APPEAR TO HAVE GUD INTELLIGENCY NET WORKING THAN ~WHY AND HOW SHUD THESE LEAVE SP PASSING THRU 3 PROVINCES CARRYING CADRES I SHUD THINK THEY BROT SPEARS AND PANGAS POLICE ACT BEFORE THESE START ATTACKING PIPO IN NWP THOSE WHO DONT SUPPORT THEM LIKE BEMBAS

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  17. In Bweengwa they where quick to say that it’s UPND cadres, in Ndola they are scared of just coming out and say that it’s PF cadres, the whole police and PF are jokers, for which it should make every Zambian be very very worried

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  18. Thanks American ambassador, without you voicing out that an entire airport was raided with no arrests made which was very strange, we have seen some movements.

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  19. This just proves that ECL does not condon violence, a lot of suspected PF cadres who engange themselves in acts of violene have been arrested, some convicted and some still appearing in courts. These are facts that good for nothing UPND cadres fail to appreciate, when it is their cadres involved they ask for proof, what shallow thinking!
    This is a warnig to PF cadres to refrain from violence because no one will protect you when the law visits you, leave violence to the Mapatizya formular party because thats what they know most.

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  20. Another reason why our airport security is so lax and relaxed. ..it’s no wonder silly Zambians are arrested for making careless utterances in foreign countries like that boy in RSA.

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  21. No wonder our country is lagging behind, just looking at the comments above from LEARNED Zambians above!

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  22. Warn & caution for trespassing? Useless charge. Those people are supposed to be charged for attempted murder. The plane could have landed anywhere and lives were in danger. Besides why warn & caution? Charge them and let them appear in court. Finally, this could just be cosmetic. Take this bunch if I.d.i.ots to court so we can all see them

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  23. Its called window dressing. And her colleague Bonny Kapeso said the PF can ignore the POA. So one police officer says one thing the other says something different. PF are really promoting the break down in law and order.

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  24. PF is scaring investors with their actions of blocking plane landing at Mwansa Kapwepwe air port.
    Most investors prefer flying to Copperbelt do business and fly back. This development without addressing it by President Edgar Lungu has profoundly damaged investor confidence in Zambia. The next PF cadre blockade may take place at Lusaka KK international air port. Which investor would be comfortable to come to Zambia with such insecurity where mere cadres can commandeer planes at air ports.
    In Zambia we perceive as if our politics is not known to the outside world, we are deadly wrong.

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    • @25MunaDakhane,
      Absolutely correct. And that’s what is really worrying anyone with foresight. I have investment in my Home Country Zambia. But scenes like the Airport one, without credible and assuring action by Police are making me very nervous. Its bad enough with the relatively high fuel costs in my Country when fuel costs are low internationally, now this kind of Police response to a grave public security matter compounds the whole thing.

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  25. Fantastic work to the poice
    i i give a thumbs up for the effort you have put in and the more effort you are yet to put in assuring there is peace and that the people of our great nation abide by the code of conduct at the end of the day.
    To the people who where hating on the police not knowing that the police working underground,there you have it and more is coming.
    Thank you very Zambia Police Service.

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  26. Copperbelt police commissioner was just reading a piece of paper faxed to her from state house period! Coz State house now is a factory of less logical explanation especially those concerning the present time… Imagine now that they want to sugar-coat and event that is now history and try to look good after their failed orchestrated Bweengwa violence!!!

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  27. The I.d.I.o.t police shud have said, 14 PF carers out of the 100 of them who caused confusion and Ndola airport arrested. Is she short sighted she did not see the trucks branded with PF ligalia, or she can only see properly when it’s UPND cadres causing confusion? Useful I.d.i.o.t

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