DEPUTY Inspector General of Police in charge of operations Bonny Kapeso has with immediate effect transferred a Lusaka Traffic Police Officer to Western Province for allegedly saying President Edgar Lungu will lose elections in 2021.
This was after a video went viral on social in which a Patriotic Front (PF) cadre was heard calling on Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo to do something about an unidentified police officer, claiming that he had predicted loss for the Head of State.
“Ba honourable Lusambo, uyu police officer alelanda ati ba Kateka tabakapite. Efyo alelanda uyu, ba honourable, honestly this person is saying that bakateka tabakapite. Batudelela sana aba teti ulelanda ifyo iwe (this police officer is saying that the President is going to lose elections in 2021. That is what he’s saying, honourable, honestly this person is saying that the President won’t win the elections. These people have become way too comfortable, he can’t just say something like that,” said the unidentified PF cadre in the video, while the officer just looked on.
And in a statement issued immediately after the video went viral, Kapeso said the officer had been transferred to Western Province for redeployment under general duties.
“We have already taken action against the officer. He has since been removed from traffic and transferred to Western Province for further deployment under general duties. The Inspector General of Police, Mr Kakoma Kanganja, will not condone indiscipline among the rank and file of the Police Service and members of the public must also not attempt to assume police roles for which they are not trained. Thank you for bringing the matter to the fore,” stated Kapeso.