Outgoing President Edgar Lungu may soon fire Inspector General of police Kakoma Kanganja for allegedly being sympathetic to UPND as well as been reluctant in quelling the riots and looting of shops owned by foreign nationals.
Last week, riots broke out in Lusaka and shops owned by foreign national particularly Rwandans were targeted.
State House sources have said that president Lungu is not happy that Kanganja has failed to deal sternly with UPND president Hakainde Hichilema and his vice Geoffrey Mwamba, the two citizens that the head of state feels have made his stay in power difficult.
“Apart from Kanganja been soft on Hichilema and Mwamba the president feels the IG did not do anything serious to stop the riots in Lusaka. If you noticed the president had to direct the army to take over the entire city. He strongly feels that Kanganja was in fact the one inciting the riots. He is really upset with the IG and it is just a matter of days and he will be out of that job,” said the State House source.
During the period of the riots foreign nationals particularly Rwandans had their shops looted and a several of them had to seek shelter at St Ignatius Catholic church.
The sources said that even when the president visited the refugees at the church, he did not even greet Kanganja as he squarely heaped the blame on the top cop.
“I don’t know how you guys missed it, didn’t you see that the president did not even greet Kanganja at the church. He just looked at him and passed. The president is really not happy with Kanganja and even him should be aware by now,” said the source.
The source further said that the president would appoint an individual would deal ruthlessly with opposition UPND to the position of Inspector General of police.
“He is currently looking at somebody that can deal with the UPND. Kanganja is going …..it’s just a matter of time,” said the source.