State House Press aide Amos Chanda says it is highly likely that the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) officers are following former Information Minister Chishimba Kambwili at his house, since they have now concluded a corruption probe on him.
President Edgar Lungu’s spokesperson told a Patriotic Front press group, following questions from members on whether it was true that Police and Intelligence officers were trailing the Roan member of parliament, as claimed.
Chanda said he contacted the police command immediately Kambwili made the claim on Sunday, and he was assured that no police officers were sent to Kambwili’s house.
“If any wing of the state would turn up at his home, it would probably be ACC because they are the only ones for now who have confirmed having concluded a probe on him and were now analyzing whether they have a case against him,” said Chanda.
“If police turn up at your house in those numbers it is because they have made their mind they will pick you up. 25 cops cannot ran away from anyone no matter how big or small they may be! He (Kambwili) says he ran after one of them and stopped their car and confronted him; I called police immediately the Facebook post was brought to my attention and I was told by both local and provincial police chiefs, nothing of the sort was happening.”
Copperbelt police commissioner Charity Katanga, however, confirmed that her office sent, but only one, police officer to check if it was true that the member of parliament was having a press briefing.
On Sunday Kambwili complained that officers from the police and Office of the President were trailing him and invading his privacy.
“I woke up this morning and found over 25 armed police officers and 6 office of the president officers right outside my gate. From last night after I arrived in Luanshya police and op have been trailing me, trailing me as far as going into Shoprite right behind me. What is this nonsense? I am not a criminal, I am a law abiding citizen who deserves to be treated fairly. This State of Emergency was not called to trail and harass Chishimba Kambwili,” said Kambwili.
“As soon as I came out of my gate the police officers began to scamper in all directions but I managed to follow one car and confronted the officers, when I asked them what crime I have committed for me to be harassed in this manner they had no answer and simply said it’s not our own doing. Whoever is behind this must know that I will not run away from my own home, I will not run away from my responsibilities because I am not a coward.”