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UPDATE ON SOME CASES OF PUBLIC INTEREST BY THE INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE MR. LEMMY KAJOBA

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GOOD MORNING MEMBERS OF THE PRESS,

I WISH TO EXPRESS MY CONCERN ON THE CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES THAT HAVE MUSHROOMED IN LUSAKA AND THE INCREASING LEVELS OF LAWLESSNESS THAT HAVE BEEN OBSERVED ON THE ROADS AND HIGH WAYS.

AS YOU MAY KNOW, MY COMMAND HAS BEEN TASKED BY THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE FORCE, MR. HAKAINDE HICHILEMA TO ENSURE THAT LAW AND ORDER IN OUR COUNTRY IS RESTORED AND MAINTAINED.

AS SUCH, MY COMMAND WILL NOT SIT IDLE AND ALLOW ANARCHY AND DISORDERLINESS TO CONTINUE BEING A NORMAL TREND IN OUR PEACE-LOVING COUNTRY.

  

FROM THE FOREGOING, IAM DIRECTING ALL PROVINCIAL COMMANDERS TO ENHANCE FOOT AND MOTORISED PATROLS IN THEIR AREAS OF JURISDICITIONS TO CURB THESE EMERGING VICES.

YOU MAY WISH TO KNOW THAT I HAVE IN PARTICULAR TASKED THE PARAMILITARY AND TRAFFIC OFFICERS TO INTENSIFY PATROLS IN LUSAKA’S CRIME PRONE AREAS SUCH AS THE CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT (CBD) AND OTHER HIGH DENSITY AREAS SO AS TO CURB CRIME IN THE AFFECTED AREAS.  

MY COMMAND IS ALSO AWARE THAT SOME SOCIAL GATHERING PLACES SUCH AS NIGHT CLUBS HAVE BECOME FERTILE GROUNDS FOR ILLICIT CRIMINAL PLANNING ACTIVTIES.

AS SUCH, ALL COMMANDERS ARE DIRECTED TO ENSURE THAT POLICE DETECTIVES ARE DEPLOYED TO INFILTRATE SUCH SOCIAL GATHERING PLACES SO AS TO DETECT CRIME AND ARREST ALL THOSE FOUND WANTING.

THIS WILL DETER SUSPECTED CRIMINALS FROM HARRASSING INNOCENT CITIZENS.

MY COMMAND HAS ALSO TAKEN KEEN INTEREST IN RE-ORGANISING THE RESERVE WING WHICH IN THE PAST PLAYED AN INTEGRAL PART IN LUSAKA DIVISION AND INDEED OTHER DIVISIONS AS AN AUXILIARY FORCE TO THE POLICE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CRIME.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, MEMBERS OF THE PRESS,  

IAM ALSO ALIVE TO THE FACT THAT SOME MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC HAVE BEEN ASKING QUESTIONS ON SOME OF THE CASES THE ZAMBIA POLICE SERVICE HAS BEEN INVESTIGATING.

IT IS FOR THIS REASON THAT TODAY, I HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO UPDATE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ON SOME OF THE CASES CONCLUDED, BEFORE THE COURTS OF LAW AND OTHERS YET TO BE SUBMITTED BEFORE THE COURTS OF LAW.

MAY I NOW BRIEF YOU ON SOME OF THE CASES WHICH WE ARE INVESTIGATING AS POLICE. MY BRIEF WILL FOCUS ON SEVEN (7) CASES OF PUBLIC INTEREST WHICH OCCURRED IN THE PAST NAMELY:

  1. MURDER CASE INVOLVING THE DECEASED MALE LAWRENCE BANDA IN KAOMA.
  2. SHOOTING INCIDENT IN MULOBEZI PARLIAMENTARY BY-ELECTION.
  3. THE ALLEGED CASE OF MURDER INVOLVING THE DECEASED MALE OBED KASONGO.
  4. THE SHOOTING INCIDENT AT THE SUPREME COURT GROUNDS DURING THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL PETITION.
  5. ARSON CASE INVOLVING A MAHINDRA MOTOR VEHICLE IN KAWAMBWA DISTRICT.
  6. SHOOTING INCIDENT INVOLVING MUSHAUKWA MUSHAUKWA IN MULOBEZI.
  7. THE CASE OF ALLEGED TRIBAL REMARKS INVOLVING DR. CHISHIMBA KAMBWILI.
  8. 1.MURDER CASE INVOLVING THE DECEASED MALE LAWRENCE BANDA
  9. 2.SHOOTING INCIDENT IN MULOBEZI PARLIAMENTARY BY-ELECTION.
  10. 3.THE MURDER CASE INVOLVING THE DECEASED MALE OBED KASONGO.
  11. 4.THE 2016 SHOOTING INCIDENT AT THE SUPREME COURT GROUNDS DURING THE PRESIDENTIAL PETITION.
  12. 5.ARSON CASE INVOLVING A MOTOR VEHICLE MAKE MAHINDRA IN KAWAMBWA.
  13. 6.SHOOTING INCIDENT INVOLVING MUSHAUKWA MUSHAUKWA.
  14. 7.THE CASE OF ALLEGED TRIBAL REMARKS INVOLVING DR. CHISHIMBA KAMBWILI.

THIS UNFORTUNATE INCIDENT OCCURRED ON THE 6TH OF OCTOBER, 2019 IN KAOMA DURING THE CAMPAIGNS FOR THE COUNCIL CHAIRPERSON BY-ELECTION IN KAOMA.

I WISH TO INFORM THE NATION THROUGH YOU THE MEDIA THAT POLICE HAVE MADE STEADY PROGRESS ON THE MATTER AND ONE SUSPECT HAS SINCE BEEN IDENTIFIED AND AN ARREST WILL SOON BE EFFECTED.

I FURTHER WISH TO INFORM THE NATION THAT POLICE HAVE CHARGED AND ARRESTED MALE KAUMBA MANJOLO AGED 50 YEARS OF LUKULU TOWN CENTRE, WHO IS FORMER DISTRICT COMMISSIONER (DC) FOR MITETE DISTRICT FOR THREE (3) COUNTS OF UNLAWFUL WOUNDING WHICH OCCURRED ON 29TH JUNE, 2015 IN SICHILI AREA OF MULOBEZI DISTRICT.

THIS OCCURRED DURING THE MULOBEZI PARLIAMENTARY BY-ELECTION. IT IS ALLEGED THAT ON THE MATERIAL DAY, THE ACCUSED PERSON SHOT AT THREE (3) PERSONS WHO IN THE PROCESS SUSTAINED GUNSHOT WOUNDS. THE SUSPECT WILL APPEAR IN COURT SOON.

I WISH TO INFORM THE NATION THAT WE HAD RE-INSTITUTED INVESTIGATIONS REGARDING THE CIRCUMSTATNCES SURROUNDING THE DEATH OF THE DECEASED MALE OBED KASONGO, WHO WAS THEN NDC YOUTH CHAIRPERSON FOR LUSAKA PROVINCE.

THE POST-MORTEM REPORT INDICATES THAT THE CAUSE OF DEATH WAS AS A RESULT OF A MEDICAL CONDITION THE DECEASED WAS SUFFERING FROM AND NOT AS A RESULT OF THE ASSAULT INJURIES THE VICTIM SUSTAINED.

HOWEVER, POLICE MANAGED TO CHARGE AND ARREST HON. BOWMAN LUSAMBO FOR ONE COUNT OF ASSAULT OCCASIONING ACTUAL BODILY HARM AND ANOTHER COUNT OF UNLAWFUL WOUNDING AND HAS SINCE APPEARED BEFORE THE LUANSHYA MAGISTRATE COURT.

THIS INCIDENT OCCURRED DURING THE ROAN PARLIAMENTARY BY-ELECTIONS WHICH TOOK PLACE ON 11TH APRIL, 2019.

POLICE ON FRIDAY 29TH OCTOBER, 2021 MANAGED TO TRACE A VICTIM IDENTIFIED AS M/PETER MASANI AGED 29 YEARS OF KANYAMA COMPOUND WHO WAS SHOT AND UNLAWFULLY WOUNDED ON 25TH DECEMBER, 2016 AROUND 16:00HRS DURING THE HEARING OF THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL PETITION AT THE SUPREME COURT GROUNDS.

THE VICTIM SUSTAINED A BULLET WOUND ON THE BUTTOCK AND POLICE HAVE SINCE INSTITUTED INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE MATTER.

POLICE HAVE INVESTIGATED CASES OF ARSON, MALICIOUS DAMAGE TO PROPERTY, THREATENING VIOLENCE, ASSAULT OCCASSIONING ACTUAL BODILY HARM AND UNLAWFUL WOUNDING WHICH OCCURRED IN KAWAMBWA ON 12TH AUGUST, 2021 IN MULYONI VILLAGE ALONG KAWAMBWA/MPROKOKOSO ROAD.

I WISH TO STATE THAT INVESTIGATIONS INTO THIS MATTER HAVE RESULTED IN THE ARREST OF SEVEN (7) SUSPECTS AMONGST THEM, TWO (2) FORMER MINISTERS NAMELY HON. RONALD CHITOTELA AGED 49 AND HON. NICKSON CHILANGWA AGED 52.

THE TWO FORMER MINISTERS TOGETHER WITH FOUR (4) OTHERS NAMELY MALE JAMES KANIKI AGED 41, MALE KALAMBA CHIFUMBE AGED 41, CHABU CHITOTELA AGED 36 AND KUNDA CHITOTELA AGED 43 HAVE BEEN JOINTLY CHARGED AND ARRESTED FOR ALL THE ABOVE MENTIONED OFFENCES WHILST FEMALE CHARITY CHIBWE MUSANTU AGED 43 HAS BEEN CHARGED AND ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT OCCASSIONING BODILY HARM AND MALICIOUS DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.

THE SEVEN SUSPECTS HAVE SINCE BEEN RELEASED ON POLICE BOND AND WILL APPEAR IN COURT SOON.

POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING ANOTHER SHOOTING INCIDENT INVOLVING MALE MUSHAUKWA MUSHAUKWA AGED 47 YEARS OF SESHEKE WHO IS ALLEGED TO HAVE BEEN SHOT ON THE 5TH OF JUNE, 2021 AROUND 17:00HRS IN SICHILI AREA DURING THE CAMPAIGN PERIOD FOR THE MULOBEZI BY-ELECTION.

HE SUSTAINED A GUNSHOT WOUND ON THE LEFT LEG, RIGHT KNEE AND WAS STABBED ON THE LEFT PALM.

POLICE WILL SOON BE SUBMITTING A DOCKET OF CASE TO THE NATIONAL PROSECUTIONS AUTHORITY (NPA) FOR PERUSAL AND PROSECUTION.

POLICE OPENNED AN INQUIRY FILE REGARDING THE ALLEGED TRIBAL REMARKS WHICH OCCURRED ON 30TH SEPTEMBER, 2021 AROUND 16:00HRS AT KAUMBWE SCHOOL GROUNDS IN PETATUKE DISTRICT PURPOTED TO HAVE BEEN ISSUED BY DR. CHISHIMBA KAMBWILI DURING THE KAUMBWE PARLIAMENTARY BY-ELECTION CAMPAIGNS.

POLICE CONDUCTED INVESTIGATIONS AND COMPILED A DOCKET OF CASE WHICH HAS SINCE BEEN FORWADED TO THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS (DPP) AS THE ALLEGED OFFENCE REQUIRES CONSENT TO PROSECUTE FROM THE DPP’S OFFICE. INSTRUCTIONS ARE STILL BEING AWAITED FROM THE OFFICE OF THE DPP.

THE ZAMBIA POLICE SERVICE WOULD LIKE TO ASSURE THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT WE WILL USE ALL LEGAL MEANS AT OUR DISPOSAL TO BRING TO BOOK ALL THOSE THAT HAVE COMMITTED CRIMES.

MY APPEAL TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC IS TO AVAIL ANY INFORMATION THAT MAY LEAD TO THE SUCCESSFUL APPREHENSION AND PROSECUTION OF ALL CRIMINAL ELEMENTS IN SOCIETY.

IN THE SAME VEIN, WE WOULD LIKE TO APPEAL TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC TO REMAIN CALM AS POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING VARIOUS FORMS OF CRIMES REPORTED TO THE POLICE.

WE ARE DETERMINED TO REVISIT ALL CASES REPORTED TO THE POLICE IN THE RECENT PAST BUT NOT LOGICALLY CONCLUDED.

AS WE DO THIS, WE SHALL APPLY THE LAW FIRMLY AND FAIRLY TO ALL REGARDLESS OF THE STATUS IN SOCIETY OR POLITICAL AFFILIATION BECAUSE OUR MAIN FOCUS WILL BE ON THE CRIME THAT HAS BEEN COMMITTED.

MY OFFICE REMAINS COMMITTED TO UPHOLDING THE RULE OF LAW THROUGH OUT OUR REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA.

I THANK YOU.

                                      LEMMY KAJOBA

INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE

3RD NOVEMBER, 2021

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