Following the exposure by the Watchdog two days ago, senior police officers in North Western Province have released the financial allowances for junior officers who were sent on special duties during the last by-election in Solwezi East.
The more than 200 junior officers were paid yesterday (Thursday) but warned against exposing their bosses in the media or they would be tracked using the infamous Zambia Information and Communication Technology Agency (ZICTA).
Junior officers who were assigned to police the by-election were supposed to be paid K450 each.
But none of the more than 200 junior officers had been paid by last Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
The officers told the Watchdog that they suspected that their money was stolen by provincial police commissioner Eugene Sibote (in the photo) and his operations officer a Mr Njimba.
Immediately after the story was published, commissioner Eugene Sibote, Operations officer Njimba and other senior officers held a crisis meeting.
On Wednesday, the junior officers were informed that there would be paid on the next day Thursday.
On Thursday in the morning they officers were told that there would first be a meeting to be addressed by commissioner Eugene Sibote.
The meeting was held in the afternoon and the officers thereafter paid but the monies were still less than what was indicated during the operation
During the meeting with junior officers, commissioner Eugene Sibote warned officers against leaking information to the Watchdog.
He told them that if they continue, they would be tracked using ZICTA and would be meet the wrath of the senior police officers.
So you see ba buju, we are on your side. Don’t harass us when we expose these big thieves. Don’t be intimidated by Sibote and other greed elements. When something is wrong, send us the information and we shall publish it right here for everyone including your commander-in-chief to read as he does not miss anything published here.