DEPUTY Inspector General of Police in charge of operations Bonny Kapeso says the service will not allow any more nonsense from political party cadres to dare the police in their own bedroom.
Speaking when he featured on UNZA Radio’s programme dubbed Lusaka Star, Tuesday, Kapeso said the ruling party must know where Patriotic Front Eastern Province Youth Chairperson Emmanuel J Banda, commonly known as Jay Jay was hiding.
“The storming of the police station was highly calculated. When they stormed the police station at Lusaka Central, it was a Sunday and remember that Sunday is a day of prayer and most of the police officers were not at the police station. It was probably a skeleton staff that was around and I think they took advantage of that. But we are not going to allow any more nonsense from any cadre to come and dare the police in our bedroom,” Kapeso said.
“If they will be ten maybe two will survive. If ever they dare the police station and come and confront the police station in our bedroom this time, I think they will regret the fact that they went to dare the police. And it doesn’t even make any sense for a civilian to gather that courage which I describe as very outrageous to go and dare the police officers in their own bedroom,”
Kapeso said Jay Jay must report himself to the police.
“And we are saying Jay Jay must own up if he has senses. That Jay Jay Banda, the one who is the youth chairperson in Eastern Province. And I think all the members of PF must know where he is. If he has girlfriends, brothers and sisters who are listening to this programme they must tell him. Even if he is in Mozambique, even if he is in Malawi even if he’s hiding let him own up. Because the longer he stays in hiding, I think the more the situation will be more volatile once we see him.” said Kapeso.
Police in Lusaka are on a manhunt for Jay Jay who is facing aggravated robbery charges.
Earlier this month, Banda mobilised PF cadres and stormed Lusaka Central Police where they beat up some unsuspecting officers on duty and got away with about K4,000 belonging to one of the officers.
Sources say the incident happened after the C5 anti-robbery squad shot and killed a suspect earlier, who happens to be a relative to Banda. The suspected robber died after sustaining four bullet wounds.
This infuriated the PF official who demanded to meet the officers involved in the shooting incident. However, the officers did not comply, prompting Banda to mobilise cadres and besiege the provincial police headquarters, with at least one visible firearm.