President Edgar Lungu has sworn in Patrick Mutale as Chairperson of the Police Public Complaints Commission.
President Lungu has also sworn in Brigadier General Dr. Frida Sakala Kazembe (Rtd) as Chairperson of the Zambia Correctional Service Commission.
“With regards to you Mr. Mutale, you are taking over the mantle of presiding over the affairs of the Police Public Complaints Commission at a very critical time when the political mood in the country is all but focused on the 2021 general elections. The Authority should, therefore, prepare adequately to receive and resolve complaints from the public fairly but firmly,” President Lungu said.
The Head of State said the performance of the Zambia Police Service before, during and after the August 12 general elections was already a subject of public debate.
“The public confidence in the police service is low, and as I said when I swore-in senior police officers recently, it is up to the police, themselves, to regain that confidence by their actions. To this end, there is urgent need for the police service to address these public concerns if the people of Zambia are to regain confidence in them. I, therefore, expect you to use the 34 years of experience you have gained as a lawyer in both the government, where you rose to the position of Deputy Chief State Advocate and the private practice, to turn around the negative public perceptions of the police service,” he said.
Meanwhile, President Lungu has congratulated Brigadier General Dr. Frida Sakala Kazembe (Rtd) on her appointment as Chairperson of the Zambia Correctional Service Commission.
“As for you Brigadier General Dr. Fridah Sakala Kazembe, your appointment is a confirmation of my government’s commitment to ensuring that the Zambia Correctional Service Commission is established and performs the mandate of overseeing the operations of the Correctional Service,” he said.
President Lungu said enhancing the morale of men and women in uniform under the Zambia Correctional Service was cardinal for them to perform the portfolio mandate to manage, regulate and ensure the security of correctional centres.
“In this regard, I am confident that you as a retired senior military officer, you are well qualified to take charge of the Zambia Correctional Service Commission. I am aware that prior to your retirement in 2011, you served the public service for 41 years having joined the Zambia Army in 1980 as an Officer Cadet and later rose to serve in various senior positions. Your loyalty to the command and commitment to duty earned you the appointment of the First Female General in the Zambia Army in 2009. This is an enviable and admirable achievement. I am, therefore, confident that given your rich professional experience in the defence force, you will, without doubt, diligently apply yourself to ensure that the Zambia Correctional Service Commission is efficiently and effectively operationalised,” he said.
The Head of State said he expected the Commission to immediately start addressing staff welfare issues such as timely appointments, promotions transfers and retirements.
“This should be done in line with the approved structures of the Zambia Correctional Service following its transformation from the Zambia Prison Service as provided for under Article 193 of the Constitution. Another issue of critical importance is the harmonisation of conditions of service for the men and women in the rank and file of the Zambia Correctional Services,” President Lungu said.