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Copperbelt Minister gives Zambia Police 24 hours to arrest People who gassed Students in Chingola

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Days are numbered for gassers who gassed Buyantashi technical school students in Chingola as Government has given the police on the Copperbelt province a 24-hour ultimatum to arrest the culprits.

Copperbelt Minister, Elisha Matambo gave the orders in Chingola today, where he had gone to get firsthand information on the matter, which he has described as unfortunate.

Mr. Matambo said within 24 hours police should ensure Zambians have adequate information on what happened, and possibly should have information leading to the culprits being brought to book.

The Minister said he is aware those involved are on a mission to tarnish the image of the new government but that through security wings, they will be met head on.

The Copperbelt Province Minister said Zambians are itching to know those behind the scourge and assured that he has confidence in the men and women in uniform, Zambians will know the truth behind the gassing issue.

“We will not sit back and continue to entertain the lawlessness that was encouraged in the previous regime. Working with the police, we will face them head on until they are exposed,” Mr. Matambo said.

Mr. Matambo said the government sympathizes with the victims of the incident and that security provision is top on his government’s agenda.

He said out of the over 200 pupils that were hospitalised only four are still admitted also stating that the name of the chemical is yet to be established as samples have been sent to Lusaka.

Mr. Matambo said he is happy that security wings have since intensified investigations in the matter.

The minister has since assured Copperbelt residents that the government will not let them down.

Meanwhile, Chingola District Education Board Secretary, Noah Simulunga has described the development as a setback to the education sector in the district.

14 COMMENTS

  1. Honorable Minister of Home Affairs, did you direct the Copperbelt Province Minister to give this directive and ultimatum to the Zambia Police Service which falls directly under your jurisdiction?

    Or is the Copperbelt Province Minister indirectly giving directives to your office to act and ensure that the culprits are arrested?

    I am confused.

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  2. Mr Minister, be careful with the men and women in uniform. We have previously, without shame, been told hey have arrested people involved when not. The case of Nsama, the slain prosecutor and the Lewanika shopping mall robbery. They said they had arrested the culprits when not! We need the police that tell the truth not the convenient truth or alternative facts as Trump called it. The former President had ordered an inquiry into gassing and iam sure they know the truth. It is sad we can go back to this. Don’t forget too, leading to the elections, people were hacked in Chingola in their houses and we haven’t heard arrests or if people are now living in peace. Take what they tell you with backed up evidence Sir. It is new dawn we need to inspire through actions we can see

  3. Ultimatums are for dictators. They’re close to decrees. It’s politicians in the first independent cabinet of Kenneth Kaunda who made the work of police difficult by wholesale repeal of laws that controlled the movement of people from the countryside into urban areas. This has resulted in unplanned settlements that are difficult to patrol.

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  4. So this chap is giving law enforcement an ultimatum, who is going to enforce this? Awe sure, I want to be a minister so that I can give water and sewerage an ultimatum to provide clean drinking water for all Zambians. At least mine can be enforced by the people.

  5. Mr Matambo makes me think about the Obese Brothers, GBM and CK. And it gives me a rather uncomfortable feeling……

  6. flag Jigga Kayama Simangulungwa (formerly Corruption scandals: 48 Houses Social Security Cash Luxury Presidential Jet Ambulances Fire Trucks Mukula Trees Ndola-Lusaka Rd Malawi Maizegate Fuelgate Swaziland landgate Zesco Loans Honeybee)

    OK I’m interested in what will happen after the deadline passes and the police haven’t still arrested the suspects. Will the entire CB police be fired or taken to court or something? Or perhaps the minister will resign… ir may be the police will just grab some person from the street to meet the ultimatum.
    Here we are same shyt, same stink, just different pooper. In Zambia we don’t address the fundamental issues
    This police is highly incompetent; ill equipped; ill trained; highly politicised; too corrupt… nothing will change by mere pronouncements or changing the top brass. Go back to the basics and address basic issues everywhere in the country. Start with the gardener and the maid, change their mindset and address their issues and work your way up using a bottom up approach if…

  7. Good……..UPND Ministers are now waking up and filling the headlines, that have been dominated by Nakacinda, Sean Tembo, Andy Banda, Given Lubinda, etc….
    Show us you are working…
    We stand by you as you make a quest for us to know who the gassers were. It doesn’t matter who is issuing the call – CB Minister or Minister of HA – what matters is the end results – get the culprits, and the organizers behind this cruel act !!!. Politically Matambo is responsible for CB, so its fine for him to push this case.

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  8. flag Jigga Kayama Simangulungwa (formerly Corruption scandals: 48 Houses Social Security Cash Luxury Presidential Jet Ambulances Fire Trucks Mukula Trees Ndola-Lusaka Rd Malawi Maizegate Fuelgate Swaziland landgate Zesco Loans Honeybee)

    …Start with the gardener and the maid, change their mindset and address their issues and work your way up using a bottom up approach if you want to stand any chance of even a small success.

  9. Kkkkkkk, awe sure!
    24 hours ultimatum given to the Police, this is suprising.How can the Police carry out propoer investigations in such a short period of time?This chap will then be given half baked report.He is trying to impress HH that he is working.The president is the right person to give such an ultimatum since he is commander in chief and still I dont think he can do that considering the gravity of the issue at hand.
    This minister kuwayawayafye…te fintu!

  10. Matambo, faka pressure………, the police has been complacent up until now. The investigations have been going on for a year……

    “Mr. Matambo said within 24 hours police should ensure Zambians have adequate information on what happened, and possibly should have information leading to the culprits being brought to book.”

    24hrs is more than sufficient to provide information where the police is up until now. They should have that info…..We need the same with the BURNT markets………How incompetent the police is, that up to now Zambians have no information what is going on..

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  11. ” Days are numbered for gassers who gassed Buyantashi technical school students in Chingola as Government has given the police on the Copperbelt province a 24-hour ultimatum to arrest the culprits.” There seems to be something missing with this “new Dawn” regime. If you have not yet smelt a rat then you might just wake up to a rude awakening sooner than later. This is why any level headed person must not trust “speeches” from these guys because they either dont know what they are talking about or they dont mean what they say (they play to the Gallery).

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