Copperbelt Minister Lusambo meets security chiefs, wants security beefed up

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Copperbelt Minister Bowman Lusambo on Monday called for an urgent security meeting with Heads of security wings in the province following a case of economic sabotage on ZESCO supply lines in Ndola.

The closed door meeting which was attended by all government security chiefs was held at Mr Lusambo’s office at the Ndola Provincial Administration.

Sources at the Provincial Administration indicated that Mr. Lusambo called the meeting to instruct the security chiefs to intensify their security operations across the entire province.

The sources said Mr. Lusambo was prompted to call the meeting after receiving intelligence briefings that some unknown people are planning further attacks on key public infrastructure in the province.

Those that attended the meeting were Heads of the Zambia Army, Zambia Air Force, Zambia Police and the Zambia National Service.

On Sunday, over 10,000 households in Ndola were without power after the main supply line located near the Levy Mwanawasa Stadiums was damaged by unknown people.

Initial investigations by ZESCO indicated that the attack was a well-orchestrated act of economic sabotage.

On Monday, the Zambia Police Service announced a reward for the arrest of those behind destruction of key public properties.

Zambia Police Spokesperson Esther Mwaata-Katongo said the police were offering a reward of 300,000 Zambian Kwacha to any person or persons with information that will lead to the apprehension and successful prosecution of criminals cutting or destroying electricity installations.

Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja said the police have received intelligence information that some criminal minded people are planning to deliberately cause havoc by destroying or vandalizing vital installations such as bridges, power stations and transmission lines.

Mr Kanganja warned that officers were on high alert and will arrest anyone plotting such evil.

“We have intensified our operations to ensure that all vital installations are safeguarded,” he said in a statement.

The police will also be mounting snap security check points in which vehicles will be randomly stopped and checked, he added.

On Sunday, President Edgar Lungu condemned the continued sabotage of public infrastructure and warned all those perpetrating the illegality that they will face the wrath of the law.

ZESCO Spokesman Henry Kapata explaining the extent of the damage to ZESCO lines to Mr Lusambo
ZESCO Spokesman Henry Kapata explaining the extent of the damage to ZESCO lines to Mr Lusambo
ZESCO Spokesman Henry Kapata stresses a point as Mr Lusambo listens
ZESCO Spokesman Henry Kapata stresses a point as Mr Lusambo listens
Base of one of the power lines which was damaged in Ndola
Base of one of the power lines which was damaged in Ndola
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  1. This is all a plot to justify certain things. It could be organised

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    • Its not shouting at security chiefs which will help. Its the respect citizens receive.

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    • How I wish ECL & HH would stand on the same podium & address the nation on this evil besieging our country.
      Instead these idyots are pontificating & trying to outdo each other on who has the longest finger to point at the other.

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  2. I don’t know what is going on. Most political statements don’t add up. Let us keep an open mind on this otherwise being too one-track minded may make us miss the truth.

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  3. Fake news that they received intelligence reports. This is a PF work. The Lusaka market fire is a too a PF work

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  4. “…that Mr. Lusambo called the meeting to instruct the security chiefs to intensify their security operations across the entire province.”
    This is the good governance Lazy Lungu is talking about…secruity Chiefs meeting at a ministers office and recieving orders!!

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  5. How do you think your copper jarebo PF thugs steal copper cables ??? Do you think they try and cut a live 25Kv cable and get electrocuted ?? Or would they first sabotage the power then steal the cable ???

    A price to the first PF kaponya who get those questions right…

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  6. Off topic but please vupnd and pf bloggers google the following $270 million airport not used by anyone in sri lanka.
    Now see the similiarities between chinese investment in zambia and sri lanka. Tben think economics not politics

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  7. Ba LT could do well by showing us less of Bowman’s tummy and more the extent of the alleged sabotaged powelines apart from the one photo of a burnt out base of the gumpole. Information on whether power has been reinstated to the affected areas or not would be most welcome too.

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  8. Market city fire, power lines, IG and Minister for Home affairs statements are setting up the scene for declaring a state of emergency throughout zambia. Watch this space. When is HE ECL due back

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  9. Let dialogue takes place for the sake of our mother zambia where is love gone pliz our leaders unity us as one together we can don’t let devil triumph over zambia

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  10. Comment:
    I suggest one of the major local religious prophets that is good at prophecy be sourced to identify the people responsible for the atrocities with haste. I assure you these criminals will be identified, pronto, without fail!

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  11. A sign of total confusion. No strategy!!! You do not assemble all these guys and start giving them lectures, they have a chain of command on how they receive tasks/Orders and not from you Bwana Lusambo!! kkkkkkkk!!!

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  12. The level of illegal activities happening in our country such as burning markets, electrical poles are appalling and very disturbing. People without morals have teamed up to bring down our good infrastructure which we have always admired. The acts are surely retrogressive and uncalled for and therefore, wish to urge all well-meaning Zambians to be alert and report any seed of illegal activity perpetrated by unscrupulous people to the police or any relevant whistleblower available in our neighborhoods.
    I have vowed to personally come up with a surveillance website which I will soon publish and a WhatsApp group which will act as a whistleblower on issues of suspicious activities around our environments. Issues received will seriously be followed in liaison with various arms of security in…

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  13. I have vowed to personally come up with a surveillance website which I will soon publish and a WhatsApp group which will act as a whistleblower on issues of suspicious activities around our environments. Issues received will seriously be followed in liaison with various arms of security in our country. An individual who somehow becomes aware of illegal activities taking place anywhere through witnessing the behavior or being told about it and reports to my site will be protected, rewarded and treated anonymously. Please join the group called GUARDSMARK PATROL for more insight by sending your private WhatsApp number. Let us all protect our country jealously.

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  14. Unfortunately Guardsmark Patrol the way our judicial system has been compromised your efforts will go to waste once the culprits are identified as PF. The culprit will walk free and the police won’t even waste their time pursuing PF cadres as they are above the law. There is need for dialogue between parties for the sake of the country. The country will not progress with so much division and selective justice.

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  15. Whoever is doing this can have 99% to do it but 1% of catching him is there remembered not everyone is happy even within your group
    You can escape today but tomorrow is another day,,,,

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