27 December 2012

Zambia: Cop Probed Over Rape Accusations

POLICE in Kabwe are investigating a named police officer suspected to have raped a woman whom law enforcement officers had picked up in connection with theft of a mobile phone.

The 19-year -old woman was picked up because she constantly called a number of a phone believed to have been stolen.

Central Province police chief Standwell Lungu and Young Women Christian Association of Zambia (YWCA) Coordinator Juliet Kawanda confirmed the rape complaint against the police officer in separate interviews yesterday.

Mr Lungu, however, said he could not give more details because the matter was under investigations.

Ms Kawanda said her organisation received a complaint over the matter and was hopeful it would be treated with the seriousness it deserves.

"As a women movement, we are deeply concerned that people who are tasked with the mandate to maintain the law are now the ones breaking it. We will follow this matter to the bitter end, "she said.

Sources narrated that the officer in question is alleged to have picked the woman of Katondo Township at the weekend in the company of three other police officers to assist them bring to book a person who is alleged to have stolen a blackberry phone.

The source said the four officers from Kabwe Central Police Station in the company of the victim went to different townships in search of the person with the stolen phone.

But late in evening, the officers diverted the woman to a lodge but three of them left.

She remained with one officer who later forced himself on her and promised that he would release her.

The woman later managed to run out of the room half-naked and approached the security guard at the lodge who refused to open for her and that she later went to hide behind the building.

She managed to jump over the boundary fence in her naked state and reported the matter to her parents who inturn went to the police where a docket was opened.

Other police officers in the company of family members visited the scene and got a pair of trousers belonging to the victim, underwear and a wig which dropped as she struggled.

The police officer was detained but later released.

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