The Zambia police service is still holding on to a MUVI TV camera containing video footage of a brutalized suspect in the missing ivory case.
And Lusaka district Police Commissioner Charity Katanga, has dared MUVI TV to report her to the Inspector General of police over the confiscated video camera.
Mrs. Katanga tells MUVI TV news in a telephone interview that the television station was not suppose to capture the suspect linked to the missing ivory scam.
When challenged that the crew has in the past captured suspects at police stations such as former Education Minister Dora Siliya and Ex- Defense Chiefs, Mrs. Katanga says only high profiled persons can be filmed.
She says the police are mandated to protect suspects and that the news crew was not allowed to take pictures of the suspect.
Meanwhile MUVI TV legal representatives have given police a seven days ultimatum in which to release the video camera.
The confiscation of the video camera comes in the wake of government’s intentions to launch the Freedom of Information Bill which allows journalists access to information.
Police on Thursday detained two journalists Bruce Mwale from Muvi TV and Delphine Zulu from Times of Zambia for following up the country’s biggest ivory theft scandal.
Ivory worth about two billion Kwacha has since gone missing from the Zambia Wildlife Authority-ZAWA- storeroom and police have since apprehended two game scouts in connection with the alleged crime.