LUSAKA Province police commissioner Charity Katanga has warned PF cadres at Intercity Bus Terminus against harassing bus operators.
Katanga’s remarks come in the wake of the arrest of PF cadres Innocent Kalimashi, Evans Chitumbo and Richard Tembo last Friday for forcing council employees to charge bus operators K200 each as parking fees.
She warned that unruly behaviour would not be tolerated from any cadre, regardless of their political affiliation.
“Let me warn PF and cadres from all political parties that the police will apply the law firmly and fairly. We will not allow lawlessness and disturbance of the peace. We won’t be reluctant to apply the law firmly and fairly, we are capable of dealing with any situation and we are on high alert,” Katanga warned.
She said the trio was arrested last Friday for conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace.
“After interviewing council employees, they complained that they were being forced to close the gate and charge bus drivers K200 which they had refused. After further investigations, it was established that it was being engineered by three suspected cadres [Kalimashi, Tembo and Chitumbo]. That’s how I ordered the police to arrest the trio who were mentioned,” Katanga said.
She said after they were released from custody on bail, the trio, led by Kalimashi, organised people and celebrated their release by honking but quick police intervention stopped them from going ahead.
The commissioner warned that should the trio involve themselves in conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace again, police would apply for the revocation of their bail.
“If they continue with their conduct, when the matter comes up in court, we will apply that bail be revoked. I am warning the trio to ensure they abide by the bail conditions,” said Katanga.
“I am in receipt of a notice that the trio has been suspended from the PF Intercity branch, and the letter has been copied to the party leadership, including the secretary general Mr [Davies] Chama.”