Police say Constable Spider Ngoma was assaulted by Mazabuka UPND member of parliament Garry Nkombo and the law will take its course once investigations are concluded.
And police say officers are at liberty to “search and detain any vessel suspected to have been stolen or unlawfully obtained”
But the police forgot to say that they can only search someone when there is reasonable ground for suspecting that a vessel is stolen and that the police officer must not be drunk.
Police spokesperson Esther Mwaata Katongo said the Zambia Police Service Command was concerned with the tendency to attack police officers .
“The Zambia Police Service Command has noted with great concern the tendency to attack police officers on duty by some members of the public. Recently, a video in which a police officer on duty at Petroda Filling Station, along Lusaka-Kafue Road in Chilanga was assaulted whilst carrying out his duties went viral, with many people drawing conclusions without critically examining or understanding the situation,” Katongo said.
“To set the record straight, the Zambia Police Service has instituted investigations into the matter, as the police officer concerned has reported that, he was beaten and roughed up by an identified individual. Once our investigations are concluded, appropriate measures in accordance with the law shall be taken.”
She also said the police command was impressed by the “level of discipline” which constable Ngoma displayed.
“The police command is impressed by the level of discipline and restraint the attacked officer displayed under extreme provocation. We must therefore take this opportunity to warn members of the public that it is an offence to beat, rough up or indeed embarrass a law enforcement officer carrying out police duties,” Katongo said.