The Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) has condemned the continued police brutality that has rocked the country.
FODEP Executive Director Chimfwembe Mweenge said police officers are overstepping their boundaries by mating out corporal punishment on citizens as opposed to ending at arresting them.
Mr Mweenge said there is need for police to appreciate that political rights are as much human rights which they should safeguard and protect.
“We strongly feel police overstepped its jurisdictional boundaries by mating out corporal punishment on the citizens instead of ending at arresting them and letting the courts to determine the matter.
“It must be appreciated by the police that political rights are human rights to which they have been called to safeguard and protect as directed by article 193 clause 2 (a) of the amended Republican constitution which states that Zambia Police Service shall protect life and property . And further, in article 2(e) the Police have been called to uphold the bill of rights.
“We are afraid that the behaviour that was shown by the police, if left unchecked, has the potential to shrink citizen’s space for participating in the governance of their nation. And may turn the nation into a police state,” he said.
Mr Mweenge has called for independent investigations to quickly investigate the violation of human rights by police.
“We, therefore, call for an immediate stop to bad policing as was depicted in the Luanshya saga, the beating, and stripping of Ms. Kasoma . W also demand for an independent state institutions such as the Human Rights Commission and the Zambia Police Public Complaints Commission to quickly investigate the violation of human rights.We cannot afford as a nation to throw away citizens human rights,” he said.