Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) Honorary Secretary Sokwani Chilembo says the association will soon meet Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja to discuss lawlessness being exhibited by political cadres which cannot be allowed to continue.
In a statement, Friday, Chilembo condemned some Kasama police officers who did not take any action as PF cadres destroyed a UPND vehicle recently.
“The Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has followed the incidents of widespread violence perpetuated by political cadres in full view of the Police with deep concern. One such incident was filmed, and a video showing identifiable persons damaging a motor vehicle in Kasama has been brought to our attention. In the said video, police officers in uniform are seen being present at the scene. We are dismayed to note that the police officers took no action to attempt to prevent the malicious damage that was being done,” Chilembo stated.
“LAZ has since written to the Inspector General of Police over the matter, and a meeting has been confirmed, at which this issue will be discussed in detail, amongst other issues that have the capacity to undermine the Rule of Law. It is the view of LAZ that the lawlessness being exhibited in the country by political cadres cannot continue to be condoned. The Police Service is a key stakeholder in the maintenance of law and order in the country, and as such the significance of engaging the Inspector General of Police by LAZ is crucial.”
Last week, Northern Province Police Commissioner Richard Mweene said the police had launched a manhunt for some PF cadres seen in a video threatening violence and damaging UPND property.
“I can say we are looking for that group. That information has just come to our attention,” said Mweene.
The PF cadres were led by Mubanga commonly known as “Bargadi” of Ndola.
Bargadi, as he is commonly known on Ndola, is part of the Security committee of the PF on the Copperbelt.