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Keith grills Police ChiefBy Mukosha Funga on 1 Aug 2017
Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja says he is not the “IG” that Amos Chanda was talking to in a telephone recording that went viral three months ago in which the duo agree to deny UPND vice-president Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba police bond among other things.
In this matter, Kanganja sued Chilufya Tayali for libel over a Facebook posting.
When the matter came up for cross examination before Lusaka magistrate Felix Kaoma yesterday, one of the recordings played before the court was the conversation between the IG and Amos.
But Kanganja said it was not him who had such a conversation with Amos adding that investigations were underway to ascertain the origin of the said recording.
“I am not the one in that recording that is why there is that investigation. I don’t know the voice of the other person and I am not familiar with that voice because I am not privy to that recording… I don’t talk to Amos Chanda often, I don’t report to him…but I speak to him when we meet,” Kanganja said.
Asked if he was familiar with his own voice, Kanganja replied in the negative saying sometimes, like yesterday, it was distorted because of flu.
When asked why police spokesperson Esther Mwaata Katongo did not refute the audio recording as fake when she held a press briefing to announce investigations into the matter, Kanganja said he was not aware of any such press briefing.
“I am not aware of that press briefing. I am not always in the office…She usually tells me whenever she wants to give a statement and I give her authority to do that…things cannot be done behind my back,” Kanganja, who insisted on standing during the taxing four-hour long session, said.
Kanganja however warned that all those who were circulating the audio in question would be arrested.
He also admitted in cross examination led by Keith Mweemba that UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema was authorized to be on the Limulunga road in Mongu before the infamous motorcade incident.
Asked if he bothered to ask any of his officers why President Edgar Lungu’s window was rolled down, the police chief said he never bothered to find out.
Kanganja also admitted that calls for his resignation begun way before Tayali’s posting adding that Patriotic Front Deputy Spokesperson Mumbi Phiri “called” him in person demanding that he steps down from his position.
“He is not the only one who called for my resignation but his was so serious and that’s why we are here,” said Kanganja.
Cross examination continues today and Kanganja is expected to read out a list of all those who called him to demand his resignation after Tayali’s posting as instructed by Keith.
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Mukosha Funga is a Zambian journalist interested in good governance and anti corruption reporting.
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