Zambia Prisons and Police Commission Chairperson, Alexander Museba says very few officers in the police service are corrupt.
Meanwhile, Copperbelt Minister Mwenye Musenge says said the conditions in which police officers operate has encouraged corruption among police officers.
Mr. Museba stated that the commission has managed to reduce corruption levels in the police service, saying very few officers are corrupt while the majority is dedicated to duty.
The Commission Chairperson said this when he paid a courtesy call on Copperbelt Provincial Minister Mwenya Musenge in Ndola today.
He said the Commission is working to improve the conditions in which police and prisons officers operate by rehabilitating Police Camps and Offices.
Mr. Museba stated that lack of adequate accommodation and modern infrastructure has been a major problem facing both the police and prison service countrywide.
And Copperbelt Provincial Minister Mwenya Musenge called on the Police and Prisons Commissioner to come up and educate Police Officers on what their major role is as many police stations have been turned into car parks.
Mr. Musenge said it was sad that Police Officers are now more concerned about collecting money from people who park cars at police stations than performing their duty.
The Minister said it was also unfortunate that police infrastructure has remained in a poor state despite the world evolving.
“Those employed as Police Officers are very educated these days, but if you look at the working environment they are subjected to, it is pathetic,” Mr. Musenge stated.
He said the conditions in which the officers operate is what has encouraged corruption among police officers.
Mr. Musenge said there is need to quickly address challenges faced by Police Officers in order to completely eradicate corruption.
The Commisioner of Prisons and Police is on the Copperbelt Province to visit all prisons and police stations in order to check on their working conditions.