RESIDENTS of George Township in Lusaka have appealed to Government to consider building a new police station to curb criminal activities after irate people burned the previous one a week ago following suspected ritual killings.
Residents said majority of them did not take part in the riot and should not suffer the consequences of others who burnt the police station in protest.
Others who took part in the riot which saw suspects who were arrested for various offences escape said they burnt the police station because police in the area were always reluctant and never carried night patrols.
“We want Government to quickly bring a new police station because criminals will now take advantage of the situation,” they said.
The residents have also promised to be helpful in the current investigations that were launched by the police.
But police spokesperson Charity Chanda said residents of the said township acted inappropriately and that police did not have immediate resources to construct a new police post.
“George Township residents committed an offence by burning a police station which serves them and this should not be a habit. As things stand, a new police post shall only be constructed when funds are available,” she said.
Ms Chanda further advised the residents to mobilise themselves and come up with a temporal police post to accommodate police officers to operate from.
She said police had intensified patrols in the area to ensure smooth investigations and possible arrest of perpetrators.