29 December 2012

Zambia: Cop Sleeping On Duty Charged

POLICEMAN from the Mobile Unit who was found sleeping on the floor, while on duty with a loaded AK47 rifle next to him at the Chinese Bank parking area in Kitwe on Wednesday has been charged with disorderly conduct.

Copperbelt police chief Mary Tembo confirmed the incident yesterday in an interview which happened on Wednesday at 16:00 hours and identified the police officer as Constable John Ngwelengwe, aged 47, from Kamfinsa Police Mobile Unit seconded to escort money transfer at the bank.

Ms Tembo said yesterday, the officer was found sleeping on the ground with a loaded AK45 rifle by a senior officer from Kitwe Central Police Station after members of the public raised alarm.

"A senior Kitwe Central Police officer was alerted by members of the general public and rushed to the Chinese Bank parking area where he found the constable laying down with the AK47 military weapon next to him.

"The senior officer disarmed him and confiscated the weapon from the constable before he was taken to the police station where he was detained and has since been released on police bond," she said.

Constable Ngwelengwe was on duty with an Armguard security officer.

He is expected to appear before the police tribunal soon.

"Depending on previous charges, the police tribunal may recommend that he be dismissed or met out a stiffer fine on him," she said.

Members of the public expressed concern before reporting the incident to Kitwe Police Station.

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