The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Lemmy Kajoba, has issued a statement in response to recent attacks by Chishimba Kambwili against the Office of the Inspector General of Police. The statement expresses “displeasure on the continued attacks by Chishimba Kambwili against the Office of the Inspector General of Police.”
In a recent social media posting, Mr. Kambwili is heard making claims that “the Inspector General of Police is a figurehead and that a named senior Police officer at State House is one running the Zambia Police Service.” The Inspector General has expressed his disappointment with these remarks, stating that “we do not wish to engage him in public fora such as the social media platforms. However, we are watching him closely and analyzing every statement he utters.”
The statement also points out that “His attempts to sow division among the Police Command will not work because we work within the professional and legal boundaries as provided for in the laws of Zambia.” The Inspector General has emphasized that the Zambia Police Service High Command will not be influenced by Mr. Kambwili’s tactics, stating “Therefore, the Zambia Police Service High Command will not fall prey to Mr. Kambwili’s divisive tactics.”
The Inspector General has reminded Mr. Kambwili of his role as the person responsible for the command, direction, and control of the Zambia Police Service, stating “We wish to remind Mr. Kambwili that the Inspector General of Police is the one charged with the command, superintendence, direction and control of the Zambia Police Service and he is responsible to government. Therefore, the rantings by Mr. Kambwili are not only misplaced but misleading.”
The statement also advises Mr. Kambwili to focus on preparing his legal arguments if he is accused of committing an offence, saying “If Mr. Kambwili is accused of having committed an offence, he should concentrate on preparing his legal arguments when called upon in an appropriate forum such as the courts of law so that he exonerates himself.”
The Inspector General concluded the statement with a warning to Mr. Kambwili, stating “As a ‘leader’, we wish to warn that he should desist from making unwarranted and false attacks on the Police Command and the entire Police Service.”
The statement by the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Lemmy Kajoba, is a clear message to Mr. Kambwili to stop his attacks on the Office of the Inspector General of Police and to focus on presenting his legal arguments if he is accused of an offence. The Zambia Police Service will continue to carry out its duties professionally, within the bounds of the law, and will not be influenced by any divisive tactics.