Livingstone’s Dambwa Central Police Post has been temporarily closed following the riotous behavior of residents in the area.
The move follows residents of Dambwa and Zambezi Sawmills compounds ran amok and threatened to burn down the police post after the death of a taxi driver who is alleged to have died in police custody.
The taxi driver identified as Aldon Mulenga Hamaimbo, 38 of Dambwa Site and Service, died in police custody on Monday after he was arrested for causing an accident.
The police had fought running battles with irate residents and calm has since returned to the area.
The police were forced to use tear gas canisters to disperse the residents who surrounded the police station and almost over powered the officers.
Some irate residents were seen throwing back tear gas canisters back at the police officers.
A check by ZANIS at the scene found residents in the area charging at the police who seemed to be overwhelmed.
Windows at the Police Post were broken and property was later removed and taken to Livingstone Central Police Station for safekeeping.
Southern Province Police Commissioner Godwin Phiri has said the police post was under attack last night but police have not abandoned it.
Mr. Phiri said normal functions would soon resume as residents needed the services of the police.
On Monday, Aldon Mulenga Hamaimbo, was found dead in police custody after he was
arrested for having caused an accident.
The deceased who operated from 7/11 taxi rank is alleged to have hit into a ZESCO pole he was arrested and detained for the offence.
Before his burial, an unidentified driver of the hearse which was carrying his body was beaten together with Livingstone Taxi Association Chairperson Christopher Banda for attempting to stop taxi drivers from taking the body to Dambwa Police Post.