—————The Zambia Police Service has received with mixed feeling the Zambia Bribe Payers Index report which ranks the service and the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) as the most corrupt public departments in the nation.
Police Spokesperson Elizabeth Kanjela said the Police Service views the report as Transparent International’s perception towards the law enforcement agencies which could be true or false.
Speaking to ZANIS in an interview in Lusaka today, Ms Kanjela said that it would have been logical for Transparent International to report those officers to the Ant Corruption Commission for an appropriate action.
Ms Kanjela said although it is true that there are some bad officers in the police, it was not fair to generalize the entire police service thereby denting the corporate image of the department.
She reiterated that the Police Service remains committed to protecting, preserving life and property as well as maintaining law and order in the nation.
She said the police remains stead fast in the discharge of duties adding that those corrupt officers found wanting have always been dealt with in accordance with the existing laws of the land.
Ms Kanjela said it is not fair to insinuate that all the officers in the Zambia Police Service are corrupt because the majority are able to discharge their duties professionally.
And efforts to get a comment from RTSA proved futile by press time as their contacts numbers went unanswered.
Last week, the 2012 Index report which was released in Lusaka ranked the two institutions in first and second places in terms of corruption respectively.