Police sources have disclosed that President Edgar Lungu gave police a directive to find and detain satirist musician Chama Fumba alias Pilato before he (Lungu) returns from North Western province where he is on a campaign trail.
A senior police officer has told the Watchdog that Lungu directed Inspector general of police Stella Libongani to make sure that Pilato is detained for defamation but Libongani politely advised the President against the move. Libongani is said to have told Lungu that the defamation charge will not hold waters but Lungu insisted that police must then find a ‘suitable’ charge for Pilato.
“Madam Libongani was the first person to receive the directive but she advised against the move so the President personally called Charity Katanga and told her that he was leaving Lusaka but expects her to find and detain Pilato. That is how Katanga started changing from defamation to copyright infringement and now to breach of peace,” he said.
The source further said that Lungu was annoyed with Libongani and intends to retire her and has promised to elevate Katanga to deputy inspector general of police.
Lungu and Katanga have common traits of abusing citizens, he was home affairs minister at the time when Katanga as Southern province police commissioner terrorised UPND MPs and supporters following PF’s killing of their own cadre over money. It was also Lungu who ordered a brigade of policemen to raid the mwinelubemba Kanyanta Sosala.