Home Affairs Minister Hon Stephen Kampyongo
Home Affairs Minister Hon Stephen Kampyongo

Home Affairs Minister Hon Stephen Kampyongo has cautioned the Inspector General of Police and his Command to discharge their duties closely following the rules and procedures on how to engage in initiatives such as neighbourhood watch, Police Reserve and other community crime prevention initiatives.

Speaking at Chelstone Police Station in Lusaka yesterday morning when he officiated at the launch of the Zambia Police Revenue Direct Deposit System under the theme; promoting a transparent and high quality services, the Home Affairs Minister emphasised that the role of government is not to politically interfere in the day to day operations of the Zambia Police as a professional entity but to merely provide policy guidance and advise in serving the public better.

AND during a Special interview with the Media immediately after the launch of the Zambia Police Revenue Direct Deposit Initiative, Hon Kampyongo reiterated that the Inspector General of Police was within his mandate to rescind his earlier decision after consultations.

“The Inspector General of Police has a mandate to run the affairs of the Zambia Police service without interference and like I said from my remarks, it is also important like you heard him mention yesterday that he had to consult. And when you talk about consultation, the I.G was within his mandate to do what he did.

Asked on whether the decision to rescind his earlier decision was a sign of weakness on the part of the Inspector General of Police, the Home Affairs Minister stated that the ability or preparedness on the part of the Police Command to rescind a decision after consultations ought to be viewed as strength in acknowledging an oversight.

“How can that be a weakness? In fact, that should be the stronger point. You in your profession, you can’t tell me that you have been a perfect Journalist! That you have never made any mistake at all. That is why you have got the Editor; when you make mistakes, you go to the editor to check your Work.

“So if there was a slip up on the part of the Inspector General, that is why there is a Minister of Home Affairs – that is how things work. So that should not be viewed as a weakness. For me, it should be seen as a stronger point because there is strength in acknowledging an oversight and immediately correct them. That is how it should be unless you are telling me that you want arrogant people who would not hear you even if you cry!

“He is here to provide a service and in providing services, certainly you can not be 100% perfect. There will be times when we are all prone to error and behind these Uniforms, they are all humans just like you and I. So you should expect that there will be mistakes but what is key is to quickly remedy such mistakes and that is why we have the hierarchy,” Hon Kampyongo said.

And asked by Augustine from Hot FM on whether investigations had been instituted to find out which Police Officers were behind the beating up of CBU Students, Hon Kampyongo disclosed that his Ministry will engage the Ministry of Higher Education immediately a report of the ongoing investigations is availed and appropriate action to be taken on Officers who are found wanting.

“Investigations are underway and I have assured the Ministry of Higher Education that once the report is tendered, we shall engage them like we have always done before were we have found our own officers on the wrong side of the things, we have instituted the measures that are applicable within the law.

“But my appeal to the students and I have always appealed that they must be civil in airing their grievances because intellect is seem by how people get to convince others in their grievances. It is time we saw students become intellectuals as they are by being civil as they engage those in authorities in airing their grievances. That is the way forward.

“How does it please them because the property they damage are for former Students as well. How would you feel, you are moving out of here, you go to Great East road – next thing, your property is damaged when you are not even part of the grievance that is being aired.

“So it is important that our Students find another mode of airing their grievance in order to get attention from the authorities. It is Stone Age to always run to the street to damage people’s property. So to avoid all those issues because where Police go to restore order which has broken down, there are certainly collateral damages an that you can’t avoid. So the best is to avoid confrontations at all times.”

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63 COMMENTS

  1. In plain English. THe inspector general should have left the Chinese policemen and not succumbed to public pressure.

    My advice is to give these policemen a chance and see what happen s.

    The public are a mere stakeholder and do not matter in my opinion

    Only a moron would think otherwise.

    Merry Christmas people.

    Thanks

    BB2014,2016

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    • Kampoyngo and Kanganja should resign or the Commander in Chief should fire them! The buck here stops at President Lungu.Period! The level of incompetence is more than flabbergasting

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    • @Mushota you think like a moron! How can employing Chinese or any other national bring value in employing these bunch of pilferers! I shudder to think how they would have been a law unto themselves! In a metocracy country, both would have resigned by now! Re British Deputy Prime Minister who resigned last night for something that happened 10 years ago. But then Mushota live in a visslage in Glasgow and news takes long to filter!

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    • @Obatala: I do not agree that Kapyongo nor Kanganja should resign over Chinese Police reserves appointment. What Kanganja did was within the law; the reverse of the action was made because of public outcry – and there were no consequences emanating from this reversal; hence it was a prudent thing to do.
      A GOOD EXAMPLE IS: WHEN I AM IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL SOMALI LADY AND I DECIDE TO MARRY HER; THEN THE FAMILY OF THE LADY AND THE SOMALI COMMUNITY RISE UP IN ARMS SAYING THAT I CAN’T MARRY MY LADY ENLESS I CONVERT TO MUSLIM. IN THIS CASE THE CHOICE IS MINE; EITHER TO CONVERT TO MUSLIM OR JUST ABANDON MY LADY AND REMAIN A CHRISTIAN. IF I ABANDON MY LADY IT DOES NOT MEAN THAT I HAD ERRORED IN DECIDING TO MARRY MY SOMALI LADY – IT IS WITHIN THE ZAMBIAN LAW FOR ME TO MARRY WHOEVER I SHARE MY…

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    • IT IS WITHIN THE ZAMBIAN LAW FOR ME TO MARRY WHOEVER I SHARE MY LOVE WITH…..Some decisions are made and then reversed just for the sake of preserving PEACE.

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    • @C-General.Zulu below has eloquently put..in very simple language, please read and learn. …..The Minister is admitting that the IG made a mistake when he enrolled the Chinese Nationals as Reservists in ZPS. IG Kanganja did not just make a mistake but he broke the Law. He abrogated the Zambian Constitution. The IG’s actions were unlawful and there are consequences when u break the Law. The “Koswe Mumpoto” Commander In Chief of ZPS must discipline the IG for breaking the Law. Failure to do so will mean that ECL was complicit in committing this crime. When ECL refused to resign and handover Power to the Speaker of Parliament during the Petition Hearing, he abrogated the Constitution and this has grave consequences. When ECL eventually leaves Power he will lose immunity and face the…

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    • @Obatala – DUE TO MASSIVE OUTCRY FROM BLOGGERS (SEEN BY THE THUMBS DOWN ON MY COMMENTS ABOVE) I HAVE ALSO DECIDED TO RESCIND OR RECALL MY COMMENTS. I SHOULD HAVE MISGUIDED MYSELF.

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    • KANGANJA MUST BE FIRED period!

      Kaiser Zulu,Kampyongo, Jean Kapata, Mumbi Phiri, Mwanakatwe,Davis Mwila must go…….

      Mr President please get rid of these people or else we will be in trouble 2021

      2021 vote PF (Edgar )

      I thank you

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    • Koswe and Kampyongo are a manifestation of what if wrong with Zambia. Kampyongo an MMD die-hard now a Minister in Koswe’s Chipante pante government whose purse is run by another MMD disputed President Mutati. To cut the long story short these are all just Koswes all of them.
      KATONDO BOYS Zambian political system needs a complete overhaul starting with the big Koswe himself. No one know what they are doing. Koswe should just consider himself as having over achieved. In any case HE SHOULD HAVE NOT EVEN BEEN A PRESIDENT! Let alone being re-elected (and as we know he stole the election and got away with it)
      BY THE WAY WHAT IS KAMPYONGO DRINKING IN WHAT SEEMS LIKE A LITTLE GLASS, IS IT JEMASON,

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    • Mushota to keep is like GAME MEAT that which is stale, due to preservation during transportation issues.

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    • THE RECRUITMENT OF THOSE CHINESE POLICE RESERVES WAS ONE OF THE BEST DECISIONS KAMPYONGO HAS EVER MADE. BUT, PEOPLE ARE MISSING MANY POINTS. SOONER THAN LATER THEY WILL BE RECRUITED WHEN PEOPLE REALISE HOW STUP1D THEY WERE FOR CONDEMNING THE IDEA.

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    • Name a country that once was a British colony won independence but then later became a Chinese colony???? 5marks????????

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    • mwape ubututu ,ubufontini muleke bukandile , what do u understand about stakeholders, who is Lungu and Kampyongo with our our vote , the Chinese is just a mere visitor like visiting China , in China including them they donot even go any where like we do in Zambia .Muleke corruption akusuba atukula imono , this is pure day light robbery or corruption. Chinese are the big criminals in Zambia , so you cannot even do that at all.

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  2. Cautioned Inspector General of Police screwed so bad such that it only took 24 hrs to crumble. Now the next for this man is just to drop himself , resign.

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  3. Ba PhD, read the Zambia Constitution and try to make a better comment. The man made a mistake, the public pointed it out, and he corrected his mistake. We move on.

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    • We wait till he makes another security breach, we forgive him and we move on??? This Chinese police Reserve thing was so plain clear. Everyone, even those not trained in security matters immediately saw it as a blunder, it baffles me and worries me that the man trained in security didn’t see that. I wonder how many tactical mistakes he will make!!!

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  4. What this fool called Mushota is , first of the answer from young Minister is very disappointing and I can read between the lines that its actually him who gave these instruction and his cabinet approval . But sad that he does even understand that has implications on the Zambia – China Diplomatic relations . Look and learn from Mr Trump and America who donot take or implement programmes and laws before public consultations or inputs . Imagine how the USA would have been with Trump , so please this what by Cusin KK called negative power , u make un clear laws and programmes they fail you keep reversing , so its 10steps forward and 20steps backwards , we are not moving t all, look young sister at Agriculture its a mess with her boys and girls . This is after a lot guidance that we continue…

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  5. The point of interest to us citizens is that we will make mistakes and rescind our decisions but that does not mean we prefer hh.

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    • The rats wanted to continue looting zambias wealth with the help of chinese….only we the public stopped them….they are regrouping with their evil schemes of corruption to try something else….

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    • Hamaambala stop promoting hate, what does this have to do with HH. In fact your hate amounts to a crime you can’t keep on banging on an innocent person and get away with it.

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  6. You cant help feel pity for hh, alnost trying to make himself relevant. But his biggest weakness is falilure to admit his inherent weaknesses includibg how he came on the political stage.
    Still waiting for his comments on the ANC internal elections in sausi afilika. hh must be ashamed ka.

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  7. Sort out the mess with your Traffic Police Department those guys are the best de-campaigner for you in 2021! When you the Minister issue a statement on the mounting of road blocks the very next day one can expect these guys to be on the road mounting tuma ATMs are they not just mocking your authority???? As Kings says, “enough is enough”!

    Traffic Police Department should operate like Ratsa more proffessional and less corrupt!

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    • 2020vision… lets just start arresting these thugish traffic police officer who sre just there to de-campaign PF. Traffic police officers are the most notoriuos thugs we have in this country. thsy have no shame when it comes to extorting money from motorists. they will never obey commands

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    • For once I agree with Mr.Kudos, but further Kampyongo himself must go. The recruitment of Chinese Police reserves goes through a process with many people involved in the decision making. This highlights failures at different multi-levels. Police IG should be fired for abrogating the constitution. In serious countries impeachment for presidents who abrogate the constitution.

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  8. The Minister is admitting that the IG made a mistake when he enrolled the Chinese Nationals as Reservists in ZPS. IG Kanganja did not just make a mistake but he broke the Law. He abrogated the Zambian Constitution. The IG’s actions were unlawful and there are consequences when u break the Law. The “Koswe Mumpoto” Commander In Chief of ZPS must discipline the IG for breaking the Law. Failure to do so will mean that ECL was complicit in committing this crime. When ECL refused to resign and handover Power to the Speaker of Parliament during the Petition Hearing, he abrogated the Constitution and this has grave consequences. When ECL eventually leaves Power he will lose immunity and face the consequences of breaking numerous Laws.

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  9. Jan 23rd 2017 the police IG says no Zambian police officer is allowed to marry a foreigner .Zambian laws also prohibit dual citizens from police service.

    So who was IG Kaganja trying to fool ?

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  10. Our public officers swearing ceremonies goes thus …”I promise to obey ,protect and defend the Zambian constitution from all enemies ,foreign and domestic”

    When is IG Kaganja getting arrested and charged for this serious breach of our laws?

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  11. Kikikikiki…!!what a P.IG.! He recruits foreigners without consulting anyone and only starts consultations after he has already abrogated the law. Ba boss bakwe nabena umungulu wekaweka. Awe sure katwishi okotuleya

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  12. There is no way IG Kanganja did this without the knowledge of the Minister and “Koswe Mumpoto” Commander in Chief. The fish rots from the Head downwards so Lungu and Kampyongo were in the know. Kanganja is now being used as a scapegoat again. The hiring of Chinese Reservists is illegal and unconstitutional. The three Koswe Mumpotos broke the Law and must be punished for their crimes. The move is related to the illegal export of Rhyrino Horns and Mukula Tree to China. The three Koswe Mumpotos(ECL, Kampyongo and Kanganja) are corrupt to the Core we all know this.

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  13. He looked happy in that donated car,,,,, that was the clincher

    More serious note, there was a call yesterday to form a what’s app group and was supported by mr, kudos who is now commenting in a different vein.
    Those of you that do ijoin that whats app group will now have your details known by ZICTA by phone number edwin zulu asked you to ring Before long you are traced and blocked from social media for negative comment about the government. Be careful my friends

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  14. How many so called mistakes must this man make to convince the powers that be that he is just incompetent! The Mongu saga for crying out loud was due to the incompetence of this IG and his officers. We have seen the most brutal police which has gone from service to force plus numerous ill investigated cases that the people have lost, all under this IG. and the minister only sees this as the mistake, surely his also the wrong one and both must go!

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  15. These are crocodile tears from Kampyongo. Kampyongo and Lungu knew about the Chinese Reservists. They need these Chinese Policemen to facilitate their illegal export of Rhyino Horns and Mukula trees to China. The three “Koswe Mumpotos” are benefitting from these illicit and corrupt deals. If the recruitment is lawful why reverse the decision? These Koswe Mumpotos are corrupt to the Core and are busy self enriching themselves at the expense of the masses.

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  16. “Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo cautions the Inspector General of Police and his Command”

    Below is my wishful thinking. Instead of Lecturing headlines

    Inspector General of police and his commander will appear before the Parliament Judiciary Committee, facing questions from members of parliament about the rules and procedures, the POLICE’s reputation, and other investigations.

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  17. Imbecility runs in the blood of most Zambians. The whole nation is very docile. Someone has abrogated the supreme law of the land yet people are just ndwiii. People are just preoccupied with how HH become rich as if he privatized mine ya nyoko!!!!

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  18. I’ve noticed one common thing among police commanding officers. They all look abnormal as if they sleep in a room filled with dagga smoke.

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  19. Its a well known fact that the PIG (Police Inspector General) aka the PIG never consulted in the first place to have Chinese nationals recruited in the police service. When there is a public out cry that’s when he says after consultation he has rescinded his decision.

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  20. Can the National Qualification Authority do an audit check of the qualifications of this police Officers. Am sure half of the Police Officers have fake educational qualifications.
    If only the police service can emulate ZAF when it comes to recruitment then there can be sanity in the police service because the Air force only recruits the best 6points 7points 8points 9points Doctors, IT specialists etc but the police service we have people with 30points 36points 40points and others with fake results.

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  21. KANGANJAGA BAMUFWIKILE FYE AMATUMBO. THE MAN KNOWS THE LAW, HE KNOWS THE CONSTITUTION. KAMPYONGO IS USING KANKANJA AS A SCAPEGOAT THAT DIRECTIVE CAME FROM ABOVE AND KAMPYONGO EVEN WOULD NOT HAVE TAKEN THAT STANCE WITHOUT THE HEAD OF STATES BLESSINGS.

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    • You are very correct. Kanganja is completely innocent in this matter. Koswe “advised” Kanganja (without writting) to do this. If it was PIGs idea he would have been fired by now in the face of this public out cry. Kanganja can’t be so stupid to do this on his own. He has been a policeman long enought to know.

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  22. Kapoyongo is lying ……he knew full well about the plan to entrench Chinese into Zambias centre of security …..this was corruption at its best with lungu, kapoyongo and the IG not considering Zambias sovrenity because of bribes……to zambians this is like agreeing to share your wife with the Chinese for corruption.

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  23. Kampyongo himself should resign. He has done nothing to improve the image of a police force ranked amongst the ten most corrupt on the continent!! That speaks volume about the man who presides over such a force. He is only one of the many incompetent ministers in the failed project called PF.

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  24. A word of caution is mild because that act was over the top. The man showed that he is simply not reliable when it comes to making decisions in the interest of the republic of Zambia.

    Yesterday, a lawyer pointed out clearly that the Police Reserve Laws were made in favour of colonial rulers but why are we still upholding it? How can people continue to feel safe and well protected whit a police force that joins hands with anyone? Next we will hear that police have turned friends with criminals.

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  25. Kanganja, as an IG,has terribly failed us Zambians and on moral grounds he must resign, if he does not do so let him be discharged of his duties. How surely do you consult after you have already done the damage, you consult before making a decision and not after. However, I salute him for admitting his error and dropping the earlier decision, it takes courage and humility to do so, although others may look at it as a sign of weakness to me it is a quality sign of strength that must be emulated by all well meaning people in authority.

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  26. Incopetent Kampyongo needs to be educated on what constitutes weakiness in making ethical decisions such as the one he and his inspector general were involved. The ignorant minister is mistaking weakiness to strength hence the need to be fired before he misleads the IG again.

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  27. Kanganja can not be fired he knows too much about lungu and kapoyongos corruption and is a usfull tool to oppress the opposition when the time comes…..

    Even those fires that were rocking the nation were the work of kapoyongo with blessings from statehouse to justify 42/42 and to justifiy persecution of UPND……after 42/42 and someone pocketing $20 million and after HH treason charge has died down the fires have stoped……

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  28. KANGANJA from times of HIS service in registrar of society is known for CORRUPTION and INCOMPETENCE , during the ARREST of HH , he proved to be FUTILE together with HIS arresting OFFICERS, CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS set up platform for JUDICIAL review on the matter of HH, what we HEARD was NOTHING TANGIBLE but mamaring , TAYALI stood against inconsistent of KANGANJA but in no avail. KANGANJA must go ,He is a disgrace in court CASE of HH and EVEN handling their DUTIES in policing manner he is proven a failure ,

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  29. Muzungu wanga was written all over that Chinese decision. Apart from breaking various laws, Since when did we have police e reservists welcomed with a ceremony? And at their own property?

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  30. Quote from Zimbabwe Republic Police Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga, lets hope Mushota reads this.
    “Complaints are double-pronged. Firstly, they serve as a feedback from the users of our service and secondly, they are an indicator of matters that need to be addressed in our planning and implementation strategies. That, the Zimbabwe Republic Police, like most modern police organisations, derive their legitimacy from the people, is beyond doubt,” he said.

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    • ZPS Legal department? What is that to our bosses? Didn’t you hear they take action first and ask questions/consult later?

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  31. Zambians you like mentioning the law,which law did kanganja broke? can any one of you

    please tell me which part of Zambian constitution was broken and stop taking every issue at hand into politics, I challenge all learned Zambians to come in the open and t
    ell us which law was broken before calling for the resignation of the IG

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  32. Kanganja is the “sacrificial lamb” in this unholy alliance which must have been sanctioned from the top. I find to believe that Kampyongos boss could not have been aware of this development. Its for that reason that he gets a slap on the hand for an aberration he should have been sacked for. Who is fooling who?

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