Police Public Relations officer Esther Mwaata Katongo has said the police service is not in any way shielding President Edgar Lungu’s Political advisor Kaizer Zulu in the alleged assault case purported to have happened during the Total Under 20 final match at Lusaka heroes’ stadium.
The Pan African Radio Journalist Hermit Hachilonde reports that, Ms. Katongo said the Police immediately after receiving the report from the complainant a medical report form was issued to the complainant and a docket regarding the case was opened.
The Police Spokesperson has since dismissed insinuations by some stakeholders on social media that the case has been closed, affirming that the case is currently under study.
She has however enlightened that the police service have procedures to follow when dealing with cases as opposed to acting on impulse.
Ms. Katongo added that an allegation by some individuals that the police service in Zambia is selective in the application of the law was misplaced.
“We want to put it clear that the police are not in any way shielding Kaizer Zulu in the alleged assault case purported to have happened at Lusaka heroes’ stadium” Ms. Katongo said.
Stakeholders have continued to lambaste President Lungu’s Special Advisor for Politics for physically abusing a female police officer during the award presentation at Heroes Stadium after Zambia’s victory over Senegal on Sunday.
Among the stakeholders to have condemned Mr Zulu’s action are the opposition APC President, Human Rights Commission Chairperson and the country’s umbrella body for NGOs the NGOCC.
APC President Nason Msoni related the incident to what he termed as weakness by the Republican President Edgar Lungu has continued to ignore ailing subordinates.
Mr Msoni noted that stakeholders have repeatedly warned president Lungu but that the president seems to have been held captive by his subordinates who continue to do whatever they feel like without facing any consequences as if they have something on him that he does not want the nation to know.
He said it has become apparent to the nation that an indiscipline leadership can never deliver and that the President should for once stand up and fix the mess his officials are putting the country in.
He said the actions of some of the people his has appointed does not represent the best interest of any individual in the seat of power.
He further noted that the President is frozen when it comes to mating out punishment which he said was worrying as it had negative repercussion on the wellbeing of citizens in the country.
Meanwhile the Human Rights Commission (HRC) says it is deeply disturbed at the alleged physical and indecent harassment of a female police officer by a senior government official during the Under 20 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament at Heroes Stadium in Lusaka.
In a statement issued to the media HCR Chairperson Mudford Mwandenga said the commission was disappointed that a female officer was abused just a week after commemorating International Women’s Day.
Mr Mwandenga who was commenting on the reported victimization of a female police officer by Kaiza Zulu the Political Advisor to the President said his organization was concerned that 4 days after the reported violation of human rights by a senior government official no action has been taken against the sad officer.
“The Commission is aware of many cases where individuals have been arrested, detained and charged with an offence of obstructing the Police from executing their duties. The police officer was executing her official duty of enforcing law and order when she was not only obstructed, but also physically and indecently manhandled. It is shocking that her case seems to be treated differently.
“The HRC is raising this concern because there were a number of police officers within the vicinity of the alleged scene of crime, and the case was officially reported at Matero Police Station, but regrettably, no concrete steps seem to have so far been undertaken to ensure that justice is done. Such lack of action against perpetrators of human rights and crimes only serve to confirm allegations and fears of selective and discriminatory application of the law, to the detriment of respect for human rights,” he said.
He further said the lack of action by institutions mandated to curtail the abuse of human rights in the country only serve to confirm allegations and fears of selective and discriminatory application of the law, to the detriment of respect for human rights.