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Zambia Police Guarding a house of Chinese businessmen withdrawn after Green Party raises alarm

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Zambia Police Service Inspector General Kakoma Kanganja
Zambia Police Service Inspector General Kakoma Kanganja

Zambia Police has withdrawn the officers who were deployed guard private homes for Chinese businessmen in Kitwe after the Green Party raised alarm. According to the party,
the operations was executed by officers from Kanfinsa Mobile Unit without getting any authorization from either Copperbelt Police Commissioner Charity Katanga or Inspector General Kakoma Kanganja.

The Green Party has launched an investigation into reports that Zambia Police was guarding private homes for Chinese businessmen in Kitwe. One of the homes which had been identified was House No. 3 Mazimoyo Close in Parklands residential area.

The house is occupied by people of Chinese origin working for Nkana Alloy and guarded by armed Police officers from Kamfinsa Mobile Unit.

“It is utterly wrong and abuse of State resources and manpower for Zambia Police Command to deploy police officers to guard private homes,” Green Party President Peter Sinkamba said in Kitwe yesterday.

The Green Party leader said the act was really cheapening the Police Service, and added, “nothing of this sort of scam can happen in China or indeed anywhere in the World, not even in DRC where lawlessness in the order of the day in public service.”

“Honestly, why should Zambia Police be guarding homes of Chinese in Zambia?” he asked. “Private homes, whether for Chinese or any other persons must be guarded by private security, through private arrangements not using State resources and manpower,” he added.

Green party’s preliminary investigations revealed that at least two officers were deployed per shift at the house. The shifts run for 24 hours 7 days a week. The officers use a Police vehicle. They did not wear uniforms but were armed with handy guns. They appeared not to know exactly what they were guarding, and whether the deployment was a private arrangement or official. What made them suspicious of the deployment was that it was not official because they were not allowed to wear uniforms and there were no proper instructions and hand-over notes.

Since Friday last week, Green Party leader had tried to get details of the scam from the Copperbelt Police Chief Commissioner Charity Katanga but she had been in busy with meetings. He then planned to discuss the issue with the Commissioner before escalating the matter with the Inspector General Kakoma Kanganja this week.

‘Private homes must be guarded by private security

Below is the statement issued by the Green Party today on the conclusion of their investigation

INSPECTOR GENERAL DID NOT AUTHORIZE POLICE OFFICERS TO GUARD PRIVATE HOMES FOR CHINESE BUSINESSMEN IN KITWE

This notice serves to confirm that our investigations on Zambia Police deploying armed officers to guard private homes for Chinese businessmen in Kitwe have been concluded.

We have established that the operation was executed by officers from Kanfinsa Mobile Unit.

We have also established that the operation was conducted without the knowledge of Copperbelt Police Commissioner Charity Katanga.

Furthermore, we have established that the operation was not authorized by Inspector General Kakoma Kanganja.

In addition, we wish to confirm that the officers have since been withdrawn from the unauthorized operation.

In closing, we would like to thank Commissioner Katanga and IG Kanganja for the prompt action.

Furthermore, we would like to thank other State security agencies that cooperated in the investigations.

It is extremely regrettable that lives of unsuspecting officers were unduly put at risk.We hope that no such illegal operations will be tolerated in the Province.

Peter Sinkamba
President
Green Party
7 NOVEMEBER, 2017

56 COMMENTS

  1. But other Government professionals like Engineers they do ma part time jobs. Leave them alone.

    You can also make it official. The Inspector General can create a unit to guard the Chinese or any Zambian and create an income generating source for Zambia Police if there is ready market. Any income generating activity by the the Government should be welcome, as along as it is legal.

    • @LOMBE You are missing the point here if what you are saying is implemented there would be serious security issues in the country!
      Fimo muletala mwatontokanya yama aini!

    • Lombe are your faculties functioning fully. A police officer providing security privately is legal? No wonder you people are corrupt to the core……. Anything goes. The rotting of Zambia Police starting when this country greyed the lines between cadres and officers. Same ZP receiving bribes, pictured drunk, fighting others being accused of being baught (remember X6 story). In the history of Zambia this is the WORST police force. They only shine when brutalising opposition with fima masks and heavy weaponry.

    • YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING, ABOUT, SUPPOSE THEY ARE SHIELDING THEMSELVES IN COPPER THEFTS OR OTHER VICES. HOW WILL THE ZP PURSUE THEM OBJECTIVELY. I AM SURE THESE ARE NOT THE ONLY CUSTOMERS. THERE SHOULD BE OTHER SIMILAR ARRANGEMENT ESPECIALLY ON COPPERBELT. PARLIAMENT WHERE ARE YOU, SLEEPING!

    • I don’t mind police officers doing on the side jobs if off duty as long as no ZP resources being used. What’s bad is that these cops were ignorant of what they were guarding. That’s the suspicion raised. Definitely the top got cash not the cops at the site.

    • In the eyes of the law nothing stops police officers from providing security protection to citizens and foreign nationals if it is established that their life or property faces eminent danger. In the case of witness protection touching high profile cases, there should and must be 24/7 protection. Right here is where Mr. Sinkamba should start from rather than trying to find a black cat in a dark room especially when there is no cat. On the flip side, if this is a case of abuse of public resources, which by the way Zambia is savvy at and known for, someone needs to lose his job.

    • If Chinese are paying ministry of Kapyongo then that’s ok.
      HH told you to go make money on stock markets, tax Havens, where no one need guards as a payment method.

    • Green Party is doing fantastic this year, so real stuff.
      But I can’t wait for Sinkamba to comment on Tax havens of HH. Keep is simple.

    • The police are not income generators for anyone government or private. They are a service. A service all citizens expect from government. Its because it’s expected of government to provide security for its citizens that these citizens then pay tax for the service. If the IG came up with a fancy idea to raise money for government it would not be approved by parliament. Unless MPs go mad

    • If only we could give the Green Party just 2 seats via the Ballot box…there would be a shake up in Parliament.
      Zambians wake up from your docility!!

    • Those saying it is ok for police to have private jobs are clueless about conflict of interests and in any case we are always told the police are short of manpower to do certain policing jobs….

    • LET US DISCUSS THE HH TAX HAVEN SCANDAL.
      THGE CROOK TALKS IN PIOUS TONES ABOUT LACK OF MEDICINES IN HOSPITALS AND POOR CONDITIONS IN HIS RECENT PRISONS DOMICILES AND YET HIDES MONEY IN TAX HAVENS,
      HE HAS DISQUALIFIED HIMSELF FROM THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENCY

    • @Chosen and Carlos, please advise if Banks are private or public because the Police are also hired to guard banks and other private Companies even for the Chinese. If a Company has hired Zambia Police to guard a Company and they extend to the resident, is that abnormal?

    • Lombe uletushyako ko bupuba.

      Zambia Police belongs to tax payers, it’s not a malonda company for tuma Chinese exploiters.

    • The Green Party should also ask why the same police service was guarding the house belonging to GRZ under the Ministry of justice which is still being used by Changwa’s family ? Why hasn’t he vacated the house for all this long that he has been in power ?

  2. So who authorized the operation if the I.G. and the Comissioner did not do it?

    Did it have to take the Green Party to rectify such an executive anomaly again?

    • Please advise if Banks are private or public because the Police are also hired to guard banks and other private Companies even for the Chinese. If a Company has hired Zambia Police to guard a Company and they extend to the resident, is that abnormal?

    • Kenny banks serve the public by processing CASH, this is vital to the smooth running of the economy, it’s rational for the police to safeguard banks where operationally possible..

  3. This is serious. State security organs being used to protect individuals who may be involved in criminal activities. State capture is on the way.

  4. You can see how rotten ZP is. Has any action been taken against those police officers? If not, then they have been authorised by senior officers. Remember the proverb, a fish rots from the head down…..

  5. Remove all Tongas, Lozis and North-Westerners remaining in Govt – PF Youth Leader. Can the PF leadership quickly stop this nonsense, we just had national prayers, were was this Maxwell Chongu? This seed you sowing will cost you a lot.

  6. OOooh my God, ZAMIBIA IS NOW INDEED FINISHED BY LUNGU and his tandem of CRIMINALS!! I think @1.6 OKO is very right, these must be involved in COPPER THEFT AND WANT TO PREVENT “GENUINE POLICE” FROM VISTING THEM!!

    • FOR ARGUMENTS SAKE, SUPPOSE 2000 CHINESE COME TODAY AND ASKED FOR PRIVATE USE OF ZP – 24/7 FOR A YEAR. IMAGINE THE IMPACT IT WOULD HAVE ON OPERATIONS.

  7. Now Green Parry is my idea of a credible opposition, consistent and never contradictory like the others where you don’t even know what they stand for. Including the under5 Donkeys that only hallucinates of state house, where on earth did you see donkeys occupy state house, white house or whatever you call the residence of the head of state?

    • Ahhh mu chembele Mr terrible , the topic is about PF and ZP corruption , nothing in the thread about UPND badala…..

  8. @8 bwafyaa, that is the modus operandi of upndonkey party aka under5. By their standards, anything illegal is democracy. And sadly, they have infiltrated the whole police force.

  9. In Zambia you find a Police Officer sat on a comfy chair at the Shopping Mall eg Crossroads Mall guarding ATM machines and Banks…its ridiculous..this has to end banks can afford Private Fast Response Teams but then again we have another sleeping Public official in the name of the IG at the top!!

    • so that u5 can send his boy on oath to set fire.

      In case you dint know its not for free.
      banks pay for that service. officer also get allowance

  10. #1.9 @HaJayJay, unfortunately those two seats are occupied by a uzeress party MPs who would rather boycott proceedings than talk sense in parliament! That is why this party is a let down! Any Zambian worth his salt cnnot vote for a country that has been damaging our reputation worldwide due to tribal reasons.

    • Kampamba Mulenga you numb skull this is not about your silly Parties who you are happy to handover taxpayer’s money to snooze in National Assembly like Lusaka Mayor Wilson …I am talking about the bigger picture here!!

  11. I lived in the DR Congo for 12months in the town called Kambove after Likasi and Kambove is a mining town. I use to be guarded by DR Congo police officers armed with AK 47 rifle with two magazines loaded and changing shifts for the all 12months. We use to apply to the police commander in that area in Zambia it’s called commanding officer of the town. Kambove is deep you have to pass Lubumbashi, Likasi and next to Tenke fungulume and kolwezi

  12. Zambia decayed months after the curse of P.F/ Sata. happened to befall a nation that once had great potential prior to these uneducated, & later drunken leaders rising to the throne.
    This is NOT the first time I’ve heard of this inappropriate use of state resources for individual personal gain.
    I understand someone’s Taverns in the the Ghettos of Chawama was being guarded round the clock by armed Paramilitary officers, & the Taxpayer was footing the bill.
    ONLY IN ZAMBIA BANE’, ONLY IN ZAMBIA!!

  13. between green party and u5 i would vote for the jayed charactor

    u5 preoccupation is just plot 1 so that he can extend his fingures into govt coffers with his ruthless illiterate zesco pole dealer

    his mission 2 is tribal cleansing. he is on a TONGA mission

    mission 4 is to revange for 127 days imprisonment.

    he sturbon like a donkey
    crooked calculator boy
    tribalist
    childish
    arrogant
    vangefull

    He goes to polls with 3 provinces because his strenghth is TRIBE

    if you think using tribe press RED

  14. I have been in Congo for 15 years and guarded by State police officers 24/7. The services are not free we pay the officers allowances and $300 per month for each officer.

    • @19 Pio, I saw this in DRC too but it is done for people or companies with POLITICAL CONNECTIONS AND CORRUPTION! The cause for all that is bcoz IS BCOZ THERE IS BREAKDOWN OF LAW AND ORDER! DO YOU WANT THAT TO COME HERE?? The ZP must ensure security and safety for everybody and avoid expended what they already claim to be limited resources on a few potentially “politically connected criminals”!!

  15. There is nothing wrong with ZP providing a service to anyone. You can request and pay for the service from Zambia Police. I don’t know where we are going in this Country. too much bickering.

  16. Green Party welldone! How ever I note and trust that this criminal stupidity has been stopped and that Command was unaware it therefore means heads should roll. So far there is no statement or position from Zambia Police, did the Officers act on their own deploying state resources (firearms and time) for private benefit and advantage or someone senior instructed them? These are issues responsible authorities need to explain

  17. But also biggest problem with opposition most of these guys have never worked in civil service.

    they have no idea about govt system .

    so they yap from ignorance.

    even TRUMP used to yap from ignorance

  18. Comment:

    Now you put Trump in the pic. Trump won elections against a white house schooled Hillary Clinton with his yapping. One thing about zambians is they like commenting on things that don’t affect them. No wonder North Korea and China regards as twarts.

  19. Hard to imagine, we got so stupid Zambians who can’t understand what sovereign duties of Zambia Police and means. Shame to you.

  20. Elo lwanya nomba. Ba Kapokola bakwa Chakolwa nomba balwike ni bamalonda, basempya, Kanshi nomba niba Anderson security? Ifi mwamona imwe bakanyangu
    Fyakuifwaila mwebene. Next time mukatampo kukolope fimbusu.

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