DEFENCE Minister Edgar Lungu has cautioned the Zambia Police Service against misusing Government property under their care.
Mr Lungu, who is Chawama member of Parliament, said this when he received 30 mattresses worth K105,000 donated to Chawama Police Post by Lamasat International Zambia yesterday.
He said property bought by Government or donated by stakeholders should be jealously guarded if it is to serve the intended beneficiaries.
Mr Lungu said Government will not hesitate to deal with any officer found wanting.
“As Government we shall not condone any misuse of Government property by anyone because the vice retards development, so we will deal firmly with anyone abusing State property,” Mr Lungu said.
He said the mattresses will significantly help address challenges at the police post.
Lamasat chief financial officer Muteba Ngonga said the company will continue to plough back some of its earnings in communities it operates.
He said the company will endeavour to contribute positively in the lives of people in communities in sectors like health and education.
Lusaka Police Commissioner Lemmy Kajoba assured the minister and Lamasat that the mattresses would benefit the intended people.
Mr Kajoba said the police command is cautious of the implications involved in misusing government property.
Mr Lungu also visited some police posts under construction in the constituency.
Mr Lungu said the police posts are being constructed by various stakeholders, including Clicks Zambia Limited, the proprietors of Embassy building on Kafue road.
Construction of one of the police posts will be completed in two weeks’ time at a cost of K250,000.
Another police post is being built using the constituency development funds (CDF) at a cost of slightly over K470,000.