THREE UPND members have appeared before the Luanshya Magistrates’ Court for rubbing off “Nathan Chanda” from a police post name.
Meanwhile, the Zambia Police Service has advised party cadres who may have concerns over the names of certain police stations to follow laid down procedures rather than taking the law into their own hands.
The three; Eugene Hachoobe 33, Moses Chabinga 41 and Elias Chisala 53, have been charged with disorderly conduct at a police station.
The accused persons, who are suspected UPND sympathizers, are alleged to have stormed Nathan Chanda Police Post in Roan constituency on October 22, 2021.
The accused appeared before Luanshya Resident Magistrate Chiluba Kalutwa for plea on Tuesday morning.
They could however not take plea as one of the accused persons, Elias Chisala, was reportedly unwell.
Magistrate Kalutwa has adjourned the matter to November 1, for plea.
Meanwhile, Police Spokesperson Rae Hamoonga advised party cadres who may have concerns over the names of certain police stations to follow the laid down procedures unlike taking the law into their own hands.
“The Zambia Police Service is concerned with the emerging trend of political cadres who have in the recent past committed criminal acts at police infrastructures on the Copperbelt. We wish to inform the public that naming of Police Stations or Posts involve a consultative process with the community and local authorities in some instances. Equally, those who may have concerns on the names of certain police formations should follow the laid down procedures unlike taking the law into their own hands,” stated Hamoonga.
“Police stations are places of security and demand high levels of tranquility and respect from all. As Zambia Police Service, we would like to strongly warn all political cadres to desist from being involved in violent behavior or acts of lawlessness at our police stations. All those who will be found wanting will be dealt with firmly in accordance with the law.”