IG Kanganja suspends police officers Bowman caught

By Staff Reporter

Police Inspector General Kakoma Kanganja has with immediate effect suspended four Matero police traffic officers who were allegedly found mounting an illegal roadblock in Lusaka on Thursday.
The quartet were caught by Lusaka Province minister Bowman Lusambo, who was accompanied by an excited horde of reporters, getting money from offending motorists along Mungwi Road,which they were not allegedly receipting.
In the video gone viral on social media, some journalists are seen telling Lusambo and his officials to unwrap a black plastic bag placed in a downcast female police officer’s cap, which contained a stash of kwacha notes of varying denominations.
Before, one of the officials in Lusambo’s company could heed the journalists’ directives, one female journalists from Richard Sakala’s Daily Nation newspaper rushed and unwrapped the black plastic bag.
Lusambo then slowly moved towards the ‘surrounded’ female police officer and asked her why they were not issuing receipts for the monies they were collecting from members of the public.
But Kanganja has suspended the four police officers pending investigations into alleged corrupt practices.
“Be informed that the Police High Command has with immediate effect directed the suspensions of the following officers of Matero Police Station Traffic Section, Lusaka Division pending further investigation into the alleged corrupt practices: 1. No. 35470 Sergeant Bwalya Laban. 2. No.38093 Woman Sergeant Zuze Charity. 3. No. 40363 Constable Chinga Moses. 4. No. 43228 Woman Constable Mukeya Chibesa,” Kanganja stated through Zambia Police director-administration a C. Chambwa. “All the above suspended officers must immediately hand over all police uniforms and articles.”
Kanganja further claimed that his command does not, as a matter of policy, support corrupt practices among police officers.
“Therefore, any police officer violating the financial regulations Act will be liable to instant dismissal as provided for by the law,” he warned. “Inform the above four (4) concerned officers and all officers under your jurisdictions accordingly.”