Copperbelt police commissioner Charity Katanga claims that police did not surround Chishimba Kambwili’s house as he posted in his Facebook .
Kambwili revealed that 25 armed police officers and six others from the Office of the President besieged his Luanshya residence yesterday.
“As soon as I came out of my yard, police officers began to scamper in all directions but I managed to follow one car and confronted the officers. When I asked them what crime I have committed for me to be harassed in this manner, they had no answer,” Kambwili wrote..
The Roan member of Parliament accused the police of trailing him and allegedly abusing their authority.
But Mrs Katanga described Mr Kambwili’s accusations as baseless fabrications.
“We can never harass him. He should not drag the name of the police to the media. It’s not true that police officers were trailing him or manning his house because we don’t have enough manpower to do so,” she said.
Katanga however admitted that a plain-clothes officer was sent to Kambwili’s house yesterday after police received information that he was scheduled to have a press briefing.
“Today [Sunday], we received information that the former minister wanted to have a press briefing. So, as per routine we sent a plain-cloth officer to check the situation, we didn’t send armed officers,” she said.
Why should the police check on citizens who are merely holding press briefings? What kind of country is this one becoming where people have to be surrounded by police to hold press briefings m?
She also said on Saturday, police officers were dispatched to Mpatamatu township to provide security at a Patriotic Front meeting where its conveners received information that Kambwili’ supporters planned to cause confusion.