INSPECTOR General of Police Kakoma Kanganja says reducing contact of cash among officers will enhance revenue collections.

Kanganja said this in Ndola during the launch of the ZANACO Point of Sale System.

Kanganja said the point of sale machines would quicken remittance of funds into the transit account and reduce allegations of corruption against the police service.

Kanganja said the programme, which was recently launched in Lusaka and had already been rolled out in Southern and Central Provinces, would also enable members of the public make payments on the spot.

“This is in line with government’s police of going e-smart as pronounced by the President of the Republic of Zambia Edgar Lungu,” he said.

He said it would also reduce the cost of documentation, besides enhancing operational efficiency at the Zambia Police and ZANACO.

He directed responsible officers to ensure that members of the public and other officers in the police service were sensitised on the new procedures and use of the new system.

“You may wish to know that this initial phase will have 20 points of sale machines in all the 10 provinces at selected police stations which will be on a pilot basis,” said Kanganja.

And Copperbelt Deputy Police Commissioner Bothwell Namuswa said traffic officers in the province collect in excess of K200,000 every week.

Namuswa said the corruption tag on traffic police officers was not good.

“For the Copperbelt, our traffic officers collect in excess of K200,000 every week for revenue for the government. This system will not just build confidence, but will enable prudent use of resources. It will remove the bad tag that officers on the road receive bribes all the time,” said Namuswa.

And Accountant General Kennedy Musonda described the move as a milestone that would reduce non tax revenue queries.

Musonda said audit queries in the police were a thorn in the flesh.

“The tag of corruption should be removed from the police. If it can be removed then it will be a milestone. The issues if audit queries in the police is a thorn in the flesh. The majority of queries in the Auditor General report is on tax queries and not banked money. But I am sure this system will reduce the temptation and even ensure that revenue for the government is collected on time without any delay,” said Musonda.

Meanwhile, ZANACO Northern Region Coordinator, Cathrine Kankinda said the partnership signified a step towards ending handling of cash in the COVID-19 era.

Kankinda said provision of innovative banking services to consumers remained the bank’s desire.

“I wish to assure you sir that our team will be on hand to ensure quick and convenient accessibility to the system,” said Kankida.