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Zambia Police Spokesperson dismisses assertions that their officers did nothing to save UPND cadre’s Vehicle

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The Zambia Police Service has said no police officers were in the vicinity when the ruling Patriotic Front cadres in Kasama damaged a United Party for National Development (UPND) vehicle at Shoprite during the Lukashya parliamentary by-election.

Police spokesperson Mrs. Esther Katongo dismissed assertions that Zambia Police officers stood by and did nothing when cadres destroyed a vehicle branded with UPND colors and messages.

“There were no police officers in the vicinity where the fracas happened except for an officer who was performing guard duties at a nearby Bank. The officer the women were referring to in the video was the one who was guarding the Bank and another vehicle which was passing by with only one officer who did not know what was happening at shoprite,” Mrs. Katongo stated.

Mrs. Katongo further said that the officer at the Bank could not leave because that was a sensitive vital institution but he communicated the information to command in the area and officers were dispatched to manage the situation, which led to the arrest of two suspects.

“As Police, we immediately communicated to the public through various media institutions what had transpired on the ground on a material day but surprisingly, some people have decided to move on with propaganda,” Mrs. Katongo said.

“It is disappointing that Dr. Nevers Mumba has also decided to throw his weight behind people peddling unverified information through social media without him seeking verification on what had transpired.”

31 COMMENTS

  1. Analyse the video and you’ll see that there was a Police Officer less than five meters from were the motor vehicle was being pounded.

  2. The video shows a police van with police officers stopping and then driving off. These people are monsters sure. Is Zambia being prepared for destruction? Are our leaders REAL Zambians? It looks like the people leading Zambia today may be foreigners in sheep skins.

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  3. What do you expect from a police force controlled by political pronouncements instead of evidence of crime .

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  4. Sometimes just keep quiet. We all saw the video. Ba PF mulefwaya ukutusangusha ifipuba. I never thought Zambia would one day become a dictatorship like this.

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  5. The world saw thugs intimidating Kambwili in Luanshya the police are still looking away at the evidence .

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  6. Even if they were in the vicinity, I wouldn’t expect them to waste their time dealing with useless cadres destroying their own property for political mileage. Let the f00ls damage their own car and don’t pay them attention. It’s like a baby wanting attention

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  7. Yes we know. The Zambia Police was conveniently absent. They are always around when Nevas Mumba has to be arrested but when PF cadres are committing crime they lose their eyesight

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  8. and one has to understand that braveness is not the absence of fear but rather the strength to keep going FORWARD despite the fear. PAULO COELHO

  9. Will PF deny that they are Violent Party? Why go to an extent of breaking property if you are popular in location?Ecz or the courts should nullify results in consituency were violent by Cadres to place.Say No to Violence,No to throwing stones,Knives,Pangas,Axes and Guns.

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  10. Bane what is more vital between the bank with money which is insured and the order and peace of a nation? if there is no peace in the country will that officer still continue guarding that bank? and whats with this idea of police officers guarding banks, institutions that can even employ its own security personnel . if i was that officer i would have chosen peace of the nation over insured money.

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  11. POLICE OFFICER ARE NOT POLICE PF CADRES. WE DO NOT HAVE POLICE IN ZAMBIA UNTIL ZAMBIA CHANGES ITS LEADERSHIP.
    PLEASE IF POLICE HAVE BLURRED EYES, THEY MUST PUT ON SPECTACLES SO THAT THEY CAN SEE WHAT PF CADRES DO IN THE COMMUNITY OTHER WISE THEY WILL DEFEND THEMSELVES EVEN THINGS THAT WHICH A BLIND MAN CAN SEE.

  12. Madam Mwata watch the video again, at 5:38 of the 7:22 minutes of the video a nissan patrol full of paramilitary police officers appeared, stopped briefly and just went. Anyway Cadres are commanders nowadays what can we say.

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  13. PF appittite for violence and dictatorship is so ingrained that all the opposition have to do is display their coloures near police and have cameras rolling ……..

    And as sure as night follows day , PF will be on video displaying their savegry and police just watching or disappearing….

    What to do ba PF , what to do…..

    If you let the situation fester , you risk plunging the country into civil striffe with donners watching you….

    If you stop your thugs , you risk opposition popularity soaring to heart attack levels at state house….

    What to do…..?

  14. Hv I read this correctly? Hard to believe that these are the levels we hv reached. It’s a new low for Zambia and its Police Serivce. Definitely on the way to becoming a failed state.

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  15. For fudge’s sake, really? They will deny the video? Search on youtube, Lilly Mutanz and watch the video with PF cadres destroy vehicle. at the 5:20 minte to 6 minute mark you see several police officers stop, and drive off.
    No police officers my foot!

  16. Oh sure, the police did “something” – they stood by and watched.

    As for the officer performing so-called guard duties at the nearby bank, robbers take courage! The officer didn’t do anything to stop a crime in full view and also could not call for back up so you may as well commit whatever offense you like in the car park, stores, etc.. Just so it’s not the bank you don’t even have to be quick. ZP will gladly take an active role in watching and then get confused as Mrs. Katongo states.

    This is what the official spokesperson is saying. I only wonder why she is so proud and defensive of this performance.

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  17. @Kaizer Zulu, it is the duty of the police to protect life and property, regardless of who is involved. If someone who served so close to the highest office of the land has such views, it explains why the country is where it is today.

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  18. The saint read my comment again. Yes the police are there to protect us but are not there to deal with useless bigots wasting police time. If you decide to trash your own property that is your right. You can do what you want with your property. Why should police stop a upnd cadre breaking their own vehicle?

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  19. Ba katongo, where is your conscience ?
    That seat has blinded you now. You can’t see right and wrong.
    Isoni ebuntu!
    Kwateniko isoni mayoo….

  20. This was staged by UPND cadres. Old style politics of blame game. That vehicle was smashed by UOND themselves and shovel the blame on PF.We know this tactics.By the way are campaigns on?

  21. Mungatelo and KZ, if UPND was damaging their own car police should still arrest them. Then you can have enough evidence for your observations. As a citizen I want to know that police can protect me! Right now that is a big ask because trust levels are very low!

  22. Even the PF cadres have more power than you police now. You have reaped the corruption and abuse of authority that you used on us Zambians

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