Graft Cases Withdrawals Worry State

GOVERNMENT has expressed concern at the number of corruption cases that are being withdrawn from the police which is not helping in the fight against the vice.

And Inspector General of police Stella Libongni has called on the police to rid themselves of all forms of corruption in the course of their duties.

Copperbelt Minister Mwenya Musenge said Government was working hard to fight corruption hence the need for the police officers to take all corruption cases to court.

“It is not good for corruption cases to just end at the police station. The Police has to investigate the matter and further arrest all those involved and take cases to court. This is the only way we can end the vice that has now grown like cancer,” he said.

The minister was speaking yesterday when Ms Lobangani paid a courtesy call on him at his office in Ndola.

MS Libongani is in the province to address officers and check on the challenges that are affecting them in their operations.

Mr Musenge called on the police to help in the fight against corruption by arresting and taking all those found wanting to court to deter others.

The minister also expressed concern with the manner in which some Crime Prevention officers in the province were operating.

He said he had received a lot of complainants from the community on some Crime Prevention Officers that were engaged in criminal activities.

Mr Musenge called on the police command to screen all crime prevention officers that help the police in the maintenance of law and order in the community.

“Some crime prevention officers have gone out of hand. They are no longer doing their mandated duty of helping the police to maintain law and order.They engage in unlawful activities such as debt collection,” he said.

Ms Libongani called on all officers to rid themselves of all forms of corruption in their duty as it was the only way the service can be cleansed of the vice.

She said the police was working on increasing the police establishment from the current 18,000 to 27,000 by next year.

Commenting the behaviour of some crime prevention officers, Ms Libongani the police would do away with all those that will be found wanting.

Source : The Times of Zambia

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