Youths in Itezhi Tezhi Demand Justice for Police Brutality and Killing
Youths in Itezhi Tezhi District of Central Province have given a 10 days ultimatum to identify the officers who shoot protestors yesterday which saw one killed and several others critically injured.
Residents in Itezhi Tezhi on Thursday 28th February took to streets protesting over alleged reports of witchcraft involving Mr. Misheck Nyambe a local businessman popularly known as Mushoke.
But a combined team of officers from the Zambia Police and the Department of National Parks and Wildlife formally ZAWA retaliated by firing live ammunition at the protestors.
Speaking on behalf of youths in the District, Twaambo Mutinta a Youth Activist says youths in the district are disheartened, shocked and condemning in a strongest sense the killing of an innocent fellow youth by a suspected officer.
Mr. Mutinta lamented that the incidence that took place in Itezhi Tezhi is uncalled-for especially at a time when many stakeholders are calling to end cold blood killings of youths in the country.
He described police brutality as an emerging threat to social order, stating that if it goes unchecked, youths will continue to lose lives in the country.
He further says protests are part of any democratic dispensation and the security wings should learn to manage social disorder professionally without losing any lives.
“We the youths of Itezhi Tezhi are calling upon the police command to identify the officer who acted unprofessional by firing a live bullet amid many young people; he needs to be brought to book. If responsible people fail to do this, we as youths of Itezhi Tezhi shall constitute an inquiry to identify the officer who killed our fellow youth” said Mutinta.
The activist has since called upon government to curb police brutality especially as the country prepares to celebrate youth day as almost all of the victims of police brutality have been the young people.
He also disclosed that if no action will be taken against the officer, youths will be mobilized to demand for justice through a peaceful demonstration.