Muchinga police put on high alert
Chinsali, January 12, 2015, ZANIS…The Zambia Police Service in Muchinga province has been urged to be extra alert and ensure that law and order prevails before, during and after next week’s presidential by-election on January 20.
Addressing senior police officers during the 2014 annual ball held under the theme “Continuity with determination”, Deputy Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo commended the men and women in uniform for their professionalism despite criticism from members of the public.
The Deputy Minister emphasized the need for a corrupt free police service adding that officers should also desist from being partisan and therefore leave politics to politicians.
He said police officers should endeavor to live within the brackets of their legitimate incomes and avoid being compromised through bribery and corruption as this would not only bring ridicule and despondency but also hostility to government.
The Deputy Minister said Government is in the process of financing the construction of 14,000 housing units out of which police in the new province of Muchinga stands to benefit.
He said Government was fully aware of the poor environments officers are living in as the current housing units are in a very deplorable status and are a danger to the families living in the ancient camps.
And Deputy Commissioner of Police Bonny Kapeso pledged police allegiance to the government of the day saying the core mandate of police has not changed.
He advised Police officers to avoid political excitement by inclining themselves to political parties as doing so would be a departure from police ethics and an insult to the government’s constitutional expectations.
He urged supervising officers to continue inculcating a sense of responsibility and commitment towards the core functions of maintaining law and order.