Bribe seeking police officer arrested and dismissed
The police officer who was yesterday recorded harassing a driver has been arrested and is currently detained in police custody.
Inspector general of Police Kakoma Kanganja has also recommended the dismissal of the officer.
In a statement issued by the police spokesperson, Ester Mwata Katongo the officer who has been identified as Brian Nkhoma has been charged with common assault. See full statement below:
LUSAKA, 13TH NOVEMBER, 2018 – The traffic Police Officer that was involved in the altercation with a motorist in a video that has gone viral has been charged with the offence of Common Assault contrary section 247 of the Laws of Zambia.
Brief facts are that, when the victim, Devidas Rupnar aged 40, reached the junction of Lusaka’s Kalambo road and Freedom way at about 14 00 hours yesterday, 12th November, 2018, he was approached by a Traffic Police Officer identified as Constable Brian Nkhoma who ordered him to accompany him to the Police. The officer is reported to have been infuriated and subsequently harassed the victim when he was requested to record his particulars so that he could report later as he was rushing to the office.
The victim reported the matter to police and a statement was recorded.
The officer is currently detained in police custody.
Further, administrative action has been instituted in the matter in line with the recommendation by the Inspector General of Police to have the officer dismissed. Police Officers are therefore reminded to always be professional and exercise restraint as they discharge their duties.
Meanwhile, we wish to inform members of the public that there are fake facebook accounts that have been opened using particulars and pictures of the Inspector General of Police, Mr Kakoma Kanganja. Initial investigations have revealed that the accounts were opened from Nigeria.
We therefore advise members of the public to avoid falling prey to these criminals who would want to defraud them using these fake accounts.
Communication has been made to facebook to have the accounts pulled down.
ESTHER MWAATA KATONGO
ZAMBIA POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER