Police Commissioner to take action against officers who harassed MUVI TV Journalist

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Eastern Province Police Commissioner Alex Chilufya with other defence and security personnel during prayers and fasting day held at David Kaunda Stadium in Chipata
Eastern Province Police Commissioner Alex Chilufya with other defence
and security personnel during prayers and fasting day held at David
Kaunda Stadium in Chipata

Eastern Province Police Commissioner Alex Chilufya has said an appropriate administrative action will be taken against erring officers in yesterday’s fracas with a Muvi TV journalist Oswald Yambani.

In a statement to media, Mr. Chilufya said the Police Command fully values the services rendered by Zambian Journalists and the police shall always endeavour to promote and entrench rapport and partnership with Journalists in the interests of the common good for the Zambian people.

Mr. Chilufya has since revealed that he had to promptly intervene to avert any further misplaced action against a Muvi TV Journalist in Eastern Province yesterday.

And Mr. Chilufya has expressed gratitude that the misunderstanding which arose from a street filming of officer’s operations and caused an overreaction on the part of some of the Traffic Police Officers against Mr. Oswald was amicably resolved.

According to eye witness reports, three officers were trying to arrest a motorist who was resisting. One of the officers turned around and noticed that Oswald Yambani was filming the incident.

“They grabbed him, confiscated his camera. He tried to hold on to a fence but they harassed him and they threw him into their office. They locked him in the office and they sprayed the room with some tear gas,” said the witness.

Below is the statement:

PRESS STATEMENT

I refer to this morning’s situation involving our Traffic Officers and Mr. Oswald from Muvi TV.

I confirm that there was a misunderstanding arising from a street filming of officer’s operations which caused an overreaction on the part of some of our Traffic Officers against Mr Oswald.

The latter was taken to the Police Station but I wish to state that my office intervened promptly to avert any further misplaced action against the Journalist.

My Office invited Mr. Oswald for a discussion and regretted his mishandling.

However, an amicable, mutual understanding and appreciation were reached. Consequently, appropriate administrative action will be taken against erring officers.

Police Command fully values the services rendered by our Journalists and we shall always endeavour to promote and entrench rapport and partnership with our Journalists in the interests of the common good for the people of mother Zambia.

Thank you!

Alex Chilufya

Eastern Province police commissioner

36 COMMENTS

    • +5
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      These journalists asks questions which are not conducive to good interviews.

      The best journalists work for Time of Zambia and Daily Mail in the country.

      This is why rightfully the president has since recognised some of them and sent them in foreign Missions.

      It’s not a coincidence people. The proof is all there to see.

      Thanks

      BB2014,2016

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      It’s good you finally realized that you can post comments on LT freely, you don’t need a PhD. I think even when nick is piping you, you always scream UPND.

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      I hope you don’t have children cause what ever ovary or sperm you carry is a defect, in advanced countries you should have been in a mental institution by now and castrated to stop you from producing your kind.

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      If he wasn’t a journal, he would not have been saved. I have witnessed several citizens being beaten to pulp by police.

      Police are NOT above the law. Assault & murder is a common crime/abuse being committed on a daily basis by police. ZP needs to be move into 21st century. We don’t need a VISIONLESS govt, which is doing nothing to reform the brutal police which can only be compared to Malawi police under Kamuzu Banda.

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      This is very commendable from the police. Kudos Mr. Chilufya, way to go.

      For Mushota I now believe that you hate Zambia. Anyways I have a friend here in that US who enjoys hearing ( and want to see) bads things from Zambia as , according to her, it justifies why she migrated away from that country. Mushota you are the same.

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      Please teach these cops that in a democratic state, journalists are free to document the activities of the police as they engage anyone in public. And not only the journalists, anyone is free to document the police activities in public. What are they afraid of , and why’re they trying to be secretive? They serve the public and we have to make sure that they’re doing their job right, and not violating people’s rights. Zambia is not a police state or a dictatorship–so don’t try to be so secretive.

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    Great response from the Eastern Province Police Chief. The Lusaka division boss would have reacted differently, he would have shielded his officers like the way he has exonerated the officer who was exchanging punches with PF cadres.

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    I think body cams should be mandatory for Zambian policemen. All this illegal assaults on civilians and bribe extortion will come to an end

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    These Are The Type Of Commissioners Who Can Better Be Promoted As IG.
    And The Officers Who Harassed Osward Yambani Should Be Taken To Work From Chadiza Or Deep Into Villages.
    Only Few Police Officers Those Who Have Been In Service Since Chiluba Or Mwanawasa’s Regimes Do Things Professionally.
    And Those Who Were Recruited By Lungu This Is What They Do. Always Harassing And Intimidating People.

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    Eish, Chilufya ,Mwamba ,Mulenga ,Chola everywhere in this bloody govt .We’re tired of Bembas dominating we need to see names from Tumbukas,Lozis ,Tongas etc.

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      I am Lozi, but this Chilufya has behaved professionally, and I would not mind him in western province. I just wish more were like him, but that’s not the case..

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    Zambia Police is out of control.Traffic Police are the worst.Garden Traffic Police fought last week with passengers in a car they were trying to impound.No action has been taken against them.PF has created a snake they can’t tame.

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      I don’t remember exactly where it is; Latvia or another East European country where a new govt came into power which dissolved and retired the whole corrupt Traffic Police Dept …started afresh with new recruits well equipped well trained …Patrol cars with cameras to monitor every car stopped/arrest. Zambia is at that stage where corruption is endemic…its a cancer that can not be cured by simply cutting off one section it needs to be totally destroyed and start afresh.

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      Jay Jay that sounds good… Zambia Police requires major reforms to bring the organisation up to date with 21st century appropriate law enforcement strategies, norms and procedures.

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      You have officers taking home K2000 per month…then at the same time the handle money, this is wrong and you have silly MPs that do nothing but saying hear hear all day earning K100,000 a month all Grade 12s. We need serious reforms even bring consultants from abroad.

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      But with Zambia, the issue is the Head, Zambia is a country which follows what the head of the nation does, if the head is rotten it spreads quickly to other organs and rest of the body.

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      The wages of law enforcement officials such as Police Men and Women also need revising and updating in order to bring them in line with Zambia’s economy in this day and age.

      Low wages among law enforcement will also lead to corrupt and dishonourable behaviour.

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    Will be disciplined?

    They need to be CHARGED WITH ASSAULT!

    More than the public, police need to display exemplary behaviour, not this kind of hooliganism that trampled on Citizens Rights. Just because they are police does not make this any less of a crime.

    They should be JAILED! Where is the RULE OF LAW in Zambia today???

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    Really laughable ..what appropriate administrative action can you give to a ZP traffic officer apart from removing from the bribes on the street and putting him behind a desk. Zambians need to wake up …we need to create an independent body separate from political interference and Police command to oversee such investigations.

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    police officers are not God who should be protected when they do wrong. they job is to protect people and not to mistreat them we need to move away from police force to police service.

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    The traffic police who arrest vehicles with all papers on it, even without passengers in your car, is it right? I ask this because, you are only called pirating with people in you vehicle doing lifts. Most traffic officers would clamp on you even without passengers on a filling station. A thief can only be called a thief if found with stolen property or in the process of an act. These officers were trying to block this MUVI journalist from exposing their corrupt activities they do when on duty. PSE deal with them all.

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    those police officer were recruited and trained because they were cadres. mostly ZP officers give caders more respect and i have witnessed this thru been a motorist.

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    Iyayi ba Jay Jay. Yes, he is simply doing his job, but this is a change from what we have been seeing. If you are coming from minus fifty, reaching zero is an achievement.

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