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Government dismisses opposition claims of Zambia being a police state

General News Government dismisses opposition claims of Zambia being a police state

Minister of Home Affairs Stephen Kampyongo inspecting guard of Graduates Paramilitary Parade during the 2015-2016 Pass out Parade in Geoffrey Mukuma Training School or called Sondela in Kafue District
Minister of Home Affairs Stephen Kampyongo inspecting guard of Graduates Paramilitary Parade during the 2015-2016 Pass out Parade in Geoffrey Mukuma Training School or called Sondela in Kafue District

Minister of Home Affairs Stephen Kampyongo has dismissed cliams by the opposition UPND that the Zambia Police Service operates upon instructions of ruling PF members.

The Minister stated that PF cadres have had no power and authority over the police.

Mr. Kampyongo says instead police officers get instructions from the Commander In-chief of the Armed Forces or President Edgar Lungu, their respective High Command and otherwise also from him.

Mr. Kampyongo said this in parliament yesterday.

The Home Affairs affirmative in response said those behind bars offended the law and the should blame themselves.

Mr. Kampyongo said the law is fair even for PF members and not only selective towards misdeed of the opposition.

And Mr. Kampyongo says the Public Order Act (POA) is still a good law.

He however, invited submissions from the political parties, the church, MPs, civil society organisations and other stakeholders their contributions and suggestions to the POA in an effort to review this important piece of legislation.

Earlier , UPND Monze MP Jack Mwiimbu alledged that police officers get instructions from Provincial, District, Constituency and Youth Chairpersons to carry out their duties.

The Monze lawmaker claimed that UPND members were gravely disadvantaged by the police prior and during the post August 2016 general elections adding some prominent UPND members have been detained in custody for unfounded chargers.

By presstime, the House was still debating 2017 budgetary allocation to the departments/institutions: ZP, DEC Zambia Correctional Services among others under the Ministry of Home Affairs.

12 COMMENTS

  1. who doesn’t know that Zambia is now a police state under Lungu. this boy Kampyongo will one day dance to the same police music.

    • “Government dismisses opposition claims of Zambia being a police state”!!!

      If that is the truth, why are 2000 UPND members in the cells?

      And ZERO PF members?

      Does this clown really think Zambians are stuupid enough to believe his buulsh!t???

    • In what capacity does Kampyongo give instructions (& what instructions anyway). The Police are supposed to know how to do their work in accordance with the constitution. But then in a banana republic monkeys are called commander.

    • Zambian under lungu is now worse than Zimbabwe in terms of persecuting the opposition and clamping down on critical media.

      Lungu so far is the worst African dictator by any standards because he pretends to love and embrace christianity to hood wink poor Zambians and yet behind the scenes he goes on to slaughter his citizens and persecute them for exercising their civic rights.

      I warned you Lungu and your stooges that when I take over you will rot in jail eating rotten cabbage.

      VIVA Wanzelu and the opposition resisting the blood thirst LUNGU.

  2. HH, Garry Nkombo and Jack Mwiimbu are mad rabid dogs. They know everything. Ba Kampyongo dont waste ur precious time answering these mad dogs. Even mad and dead people know the rubbish words that come out of these stinking and desperate mouths of tribalists. Nangu PF inga filwa to rule I cannot waste my vote for mad dogs. I would rather vote for Edith and Elias.

  3. WITH DUE RESPECT, THE APPOINTMENT OF HON. KAMPYONGO WAS ONE OF THE WORST APPOINTMENTS HIS EXCELLENCY MADE. NOT BECAUSE I HATE HON. KAMPYONGO BUT BECAUSE OF THE ILLS THAT WERE COMMITTED IN HIS CONSTITUENCY IN BOTH 2015 & 2016 ELECTIONS CAMPAIGNS. HON. KAMPYONGO DECLARED SHIWANG’ANDU A NO GO ZONE AREA. ONE WONDERS WHAT HE IS DOING IN LUSAKA WHICH IS NOT SHIWANG’ANDU. IF U CHASE ME AT YOUR HOUSE, DO I EXPECT YOU TO COME IN MY HOUSE? THIS MAN IS VERY DIVISIVE & IN THE INTEREST OF ONENESS, THE PRESIDENT SHOULDN’T HAVE APPOINTED HIM CONSIDERING THESE ACTS.

    • @JAY JAY LOW well noted. Zambian appointments are like taming the schoolyard bully. The more notorious a character is in the Zambian political mind, the more likely (s)he is to land a big position. So you want to quieten a bully, let him be the Library monitor. Unfortunately this behavior works in schools and with children. In adults it just spins more confusion because now the bully consciously has power to abuse! Enough said.

  4. Which 2000 prisoners? There is only Mr Liteta with his five co accused, that man who was not assisted by Upnd for bail and the now released Matambo with his colleagues. If there were 2000 “political ” prisoners, the international community were going to make noise as usual. But alas, they’ve kept quiet, why? Because the number was “created ” by Upnd officials and of course you believe it

  5. Why deny this apparent fact when day in and day out Police are given instructions by ministers like the Policemen are never trained to identify offences for their action. It is actually Gestapo resurrected.

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