Katanga refuses to apologise to Copperbelt Minister Lusambo till she gets the full report

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Copperbelt Province Police Commissioner Charity Katanga
Copperbelt Province Police Commissioner Charity Katanga
COPPERBELT Province Police Commissioner, Charity Katanga has been ordered to apologise on behalf of her officers to the people of Kabushi over the behaviour of her overzealous officers that teargassed the innocent residents who were demanding for justice following the death of one of the residents allegedly shot by the police officer.

But Ms Katanga said she was not going to apologise for anything because there were procedures to follow and that she needed to get a full report from her officers before she could make a comprehensive statement.

“This is a preliminary issue, I don’t understand why the Minister was arguing with me. I have my officers who were there on the ground. As commanders, we are not found on the grounds. We allow officers to be there, so once I get a full report from the officers on the ground, I will issue a report,” she said.

Bowman Lusambo, who is Copperbelt Province Minister, has demanded for an apology from Ms Katanga following a fracas where the police were throwing teargas to the residents of Kabushi Constituency when they were demanding for the arrest of an officer for shooting a resident of Kabushi Constituency.

Mr Lusambo stated that the people of his constituency were not happy and demanded for justice because the culprit who caused the death of their fellow resident was freely walking to freedom instead of being behind bars.

He further stated that the angry residents took to the street after the Police commissioner Ms Katanga issued a press statement alleging that the deceased was shot in the bar while the residents and family members had information that the deceased was allegedly shot within his house when the police officers forced their way inside the deceased’s house through the window and later shot him.

Mr Lusambo said that was what angered the residents because the Commissioner’s statement to the media and that of the family were contradicting.

He further stated that as residents of Kabushi, all they were demanding for was for justice to prevail and bring to book the officer who allegedly shot the deceased and let the inquiry be opened while the culprit is remanded in custody.

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  1. The PF Minister has realised that his PF Police Force is extremely incompetent, Unreliable and Unprofessional just because it is a PF Cadre that has been killed. Mapenzi was killed in cold blood and policeman that killed him is roaming the streets freely and was never tried.
    Now that the PF Police has turned guns on the PF Cadres, they shouldn’t complain. This is what Lungu has brought with his lawlessness and his wicked rule of Pangas.
    Mboowman Lusambo, it is time for you to eat Lungu’s sh.it and Enjoy it!!

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    • Uyu mwaiche Bowman is very stup!d, he is behaving like a small god no wonder kambwili wanted to punch the sh!t out of him

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    • It is only fair that even PF strongholds see how murderous Lungu’s PFolice is. We are still mourning Mapenzi who was murdered by Lungu’s PF agents.

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  2. Mr Lusambo your advocacy is welcome, but please extend this to all other injustices/deaths that occurred in the country in 2016. its time that zed police are held accountable for their actions

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  3. The Police shot and killed Mapenzi Chibalo,a UPND Supporter resident in Chawama then. Two weeks ago the Police teargassed and provoked the UPND Supporters at the High Court and shot one of the Cadres and there is no word or apology from the Police. Now a PF supporter has been shot dead by the Police. This is what happens when lawlessness is allowed to prevail with impunity. The Police is now in the habit of using illegally live ammunition for crowd control purposes. The Police has been politicised and is no longer discharging its duties professionally. This is what happens when there is a break down in the Law and Order.

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  4. Katanga we all know is late Sata’s niece and was promoted because of nepotism. Let Lungu fire her. Besides, who can trust any one called KATANGA!!

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    • The ignorance in your statement is not surprising anymore. What in her name states she is not trust worthy. Her character and its content should be her yard stick on measuring her; not your ill timed attacks.

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  5. All employees and share holders in companies owned by prominent opposition are from the same tribe, what more if they had to rule this country. Of course they will brag ” we are the most educated and honest pipo” take your pick. Just discuss the issue at hand not nepotism we know how terrible some pipo can be without shame

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  6. Cop Katanga has not apprehended the 16-man Bomb Squad she alleged were planning to blow up electricity pylons? I shudder to think how our police can handle a terrorist threat in our country.

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    • It was a FAKE NEWS story to try to scapegoat the opposition!

      Load shedding has been blamed on just about anything from global warming to lightning strikes except the REAL REASON!

      PF appointments of incompetent people at Zesco!

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  7. Mr Bowman Lusambo must realise that he was just appointed by the President to lead the Province for administrative purposes only and also that Ms Charity Katanga was also appointed as a Police Commander in charge of the same province…therefore Bowman has no right to instruct a commander to apologise to him because the police command can only respond to a Minister of Home Affairs or direct to the Commander in Chief himself in this case the Republican President… Bowman must slow down because he does not know any operations of the Police or indeed the Army because at this rate we are likely to hear him instructing the Regional Army Commanders in the province to apologise to him should one of their officers be in some situations…

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    • @Zakeyo:
      I think you have no brains at all. Like it or not, that Chikunkubiti Boy Lusambo is still the boss of the CB. He has powers over that si.lly girl Katanga and I think what Lusambo is saying here is logical. The only problem is that he is talking now because it affects a PF Cadre – he would have done nothing if it was a UPND cadre that was killed.
      Lawlessness promoted by the drunkard Lungu will become the most serious problem soon. The police is misbehaving because they know that after all Lungu is the chief promoter on lawlessness!

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    • @Chilyata you’re really a danderhead because you have missed my point due to being myopic and UPND Cadre who worships the Supreme Leader himself…

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    • @Chilyata you are wrong. The police reports to the Minister of Home Affairs regardless of location. I laugh when I see an MP leading a legion of garbage collectors. I ask myself where is the council?

      The MP should be sitting down with people in his constituency to talk about their challenges, the turn around and ensuring the solutions to those challenges are part of the national plan to improve the socioeconomic issues in the country. In other words the solutions to the challenges become law. In the process, you assist in raising the thinking and analytical skills of the people in your constituency. That is what representation is all about.

      Collecting garbage and donating jiggies does not fit in the reasons we have Parliament.

      So Chilyata, we need to make the system operate the…

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  8. Ignorance is like a disease. I do not remember at anytime that PF as a party called an interview for the police. I really don’t understand why people should call these police officers as PF police. Three quarters of the police officers have served the country for more than 20 yrs and others have worked in UNIP, MMD and PF government. Even if UPND was to take over, its the same police officers they were going to inherit. CONCLUSION: Let the law takes its course instead of politicising everything. The police force belong to the country not a political party. If a police officer is found wanting, let him/her be answerable before the law of the land. How I wish we had a meaningful opposition political party to take over the government in 2021. I think the registrar of society should just…

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    • @Senior Citizen: in theory the Police are supposed to be impartial but unfortunately our Zambia Police Force are pro ruling party. PF-Police only teargas Opposition members and I guess in the Kabushi case, the Pilice might have mistaken the protesting residents for opposition cadres. Hard it not been for this mistaken identity, the CB Minister would have instead praised Ms Katanga for job well done.

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    • @senior citizen

      Ati ” If a police officer is found wanting, let him/her be answerable before the law of the land.”

      One word will show you how misguided you are –

      MAPENZI!

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  9. Ms Katanga said she was not going to apologise for anything because there were procedures to follow
    What does this mean? She will never apologise because there were procedures to follow?

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  10. She is waiting for a report from the Officers on the ground. She cannot apologize based on the Minister’s side of things. There are three sides to this story as they say – The Minister’s side, the Police side and the Truth.

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    • No the grammar there States she won’t apologise because there are procedures to follow.
      On the other hand You are defending the statement that she won’t apologise UNLESS procedures are followed

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  11. Its 2017 what we noted the better part of last year is how ‘interesting’ some of the appointments as Minister are in ECL government. Joyce Nonde, Nkandu Luo, Margret MWANAKATWE and now Bossman Lusambo. If you are the head of state you should be worried but its business as usual for the PF. To the contrary its business unusual so do roll up your sleeves 2021 is now round the corner and we all know via constitution ECL is disqualified to run a third time as he has already run for a second term so he has just under four years to leave a legacy. 2021 Zambia under new leadership Zambia Forward.

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  12. Lusambo,there is no institution in the world which operates the way you want it to be.The commissioner should thoroughly be briefed before she makes a move.Yes you are a minister but above all a cadre with no administrative skills.Please zip your mouth to avoid exposing your acute ignorance.

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  13. Two things will happen. Either Lusambo will be dropped as CB chief especially that he has realised how bad the party he has found himself in, or Katanga will be dropped for being incompetent. Of course I very much doubt the firing of Katanga.

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    • The short Katanga will just be moved to another province at worst sent overseas like Stella…then a Yes man will be moved there!!

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  14. That’s what happens when you have trigger happy police officers who are scared of criminals and only prove how powerful they are on armless civilians. If really they love to pull the trigger let them go to Drc and quench their thirsty and see if they will come back alive.

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  15. The problem with Lusambo is that, he has never held any leadership position, so for him, he wants to rule like a Kapitao!! As Katanga indicated, there should be an investigation first, in the meantime as Lusambo mentioned the police officer should be ordered to either remain at home or in custody. If Lusambo requested for advise, he could have been advised on the procedures. Why should the Police Commander apologise?? Lusambo, pse slow down, you’re exposing yourself!!!

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