Zambia Police Service has detained one of its own officers in Kapiri Mposhi, Central Province, for allegedly losing a government rifle allegedly in a drunken stupor at a local pub.
The officer may, however, escape severe punishment because a Good Samaritan found the deadly weapon and handed it over to the police.
The adventurous constable of Tazara Police Station, who was expected to be keeping criminals at bay, could not resist the lure of liquor as he conducted his patrols past the pub.
He allegedly took one too many, later found the gun too heavy and threw it away on Saturday night during the drinking spree.
Central Province commissioner of police Lombe Kamukoshi said the constable would face disciplinary action for being drunk while on duty and losing the government firearm.
“The officer is in custody. The officer will be dealt with accordingly,” Ms Kamukoshi said.
She said the weapon was taken to the police by a member of the public who found it abandoned.