Top Sesheke police officers fired for ‘disciplining’ PF cadres
By Staff Reporter
Police have retired Sesheke Officer Commanding Shapa Wakung’uma and three other officers in the aftermath of a violently fought for by-election.
According to a memo dated February 16, 2019 and sent to the Command in Western Province by Police Service Commission, Wakung’uma has been retired in national interest alongside his deputy Fleming Chilongo, assistant officer-in-charge Boniface Lengwe and Constable Frederic Mukela.
“Be informed that the Police Service Commission acting in the name of and on behalf of His Excellency, the President has with immediate effect directed that the following officers be retired in national interest: Shapa Wakung’uma S/SUPT Officer Commanding, Sesheke District, Fleming Chilongo deputy Officer Commanding, Boniface Lengwe assistant officer-in-charge and Constable Frederic Mukela, officer Sesheke police,” reads the memo.
The officers allegedly spearheaded the beating of ruling Patriotic Front cadres during the just ended Sesheke by-election.
The cadres were seen terrorizing Sesheke residents during the last by-election which saw the ruling party losing to the opposition UPND.
Last week the Zambia police command said police officers involved in brutalizing cadres in Sesheke will be fired
Inspector General of Police, Kakoma Kanganja disclosed that the Service would fire all officers involved in the brutal assault of party cadres during the Sesheke by-elections.
“Any police officer who took part in brutalizing political party cadres in Sesheke on Tuesday will be dismissed from the service,” said Kanganja.
Meanwhile, some unconfirmed reports in some sections of the media said the Zambia police had apologised to the PF for beating up their cadres in Sesheke district.
PF secretary General Davies Mwila last week complained about the beating up their cadres in Sesheke.
However, police investigations have not yielded regarding the death of a fourth year University of Zambia student Vespers Shimuzhila who was suffocated due to teargas cannisters unleased in students hostels by police in October last year.