29 December 2012

Zambia: Watch Out, Police Warn Nevers

POLICE have warned MMD president Nevers Mumba against breaking the law as the security wing will not hesitate to arrest the embattled opposition leader.

Police spokesperson Elizabeth Kanjela said this in an interview in Lusaka yesterday following Dr Mumba's daring statement, after he repeated a statement for which he was arrested and charged in Kitwe on Wednesday.

Dr Mumba repeated accusations at a Press briefing on Thursday that the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) had disbursed K1billion to destablise his party.

Ms Kanjela said the police would not tire in ensuring that they brought to book whoever broke the law no matter how many times that happened.

"We would want to mention that we (police) don't get tired of arresting as long as someone has come into conflict with the law, we will definitely arrest. It doesn't matter how many times someone is daring to come into conflict with the law.

"As police officers, we will not get tired of arresting, we will make sure that each and every time that someone comes into conflict with the law and there is really need for us to effect an arrest we shall do so," Ms Kanjela.

On Dr Mumba's advice to the police to ensure that they had a charge beforehand next time they arrested him, Ms Kanjela observed that police always had a charge before arresting any one, adding that often people misunderstood an arrest and a detention.

She explained that there was a difference between an arrest and a detention, saying one could be detained without a charge, while a charge followed once being arrested.

And Inspector General of Police Stella Libongani said yesterday that the police had no problems with enforcing the Public Order Act.

Ms Libongani said also that the police used the law to ensure that everybody regardless of political affiliation was granted an opportunity to exercise their rights and freedoms so long they did not infringe upon other people's liberties.

Ms Libongani said the police's role was to enforce the law, adding that as enforcers of the law, it would ensure that the law was followed down to the letter.

"As of today, we have no problems with it (Public Order Act) because it's able to allow us to enforce the law; it's able to allow us to ensure that every person in this country is able to enjoy their rights and freedoms," she said.

Ms Libongani stated also that the police service was a professional body and dispelled assertions that it was partisan.

On the former Republican president Rupiah Banda's fugitive son, Henry, Ms Libongani said investigations were still ongoing and that information had surfaced recently that he was in South Africa, prompting the Zambian Government to request its counterparts in that country to have him extradited.

She said a response had not yet been received.

On the fugitive Mailoni brothers, Ms Libongani said defence and security forces were still in Luano Valley pursuing the killers and in a bid to step up efforts, she said plans were underway to establish permanent police presence in the valley.

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