GRAND corruption and abuse of the police and the Immigration department in the Ministry of Home Affiars are behind the deportation of two South Africans who have since protested their expulsion from the country.
This is evidenced from the letter former permenent secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs Maxwel Nkole (late) wrote to the Inspector General of Police expressing his displeasure at the manner the police was being abused by some Zambians’ of Indian origin to punish their perceived business enemies with arrests, detention and deportation without any formal charge.
The revealtions of this scheme come six days after Armcor Security managing director Jan Paxtson and his operations director Basil Pietesien were arrested, detained and secretly deported from Zambia without any formal charge last week. And UPND president Hakainde Hichilema has challenged the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to investigate the allegations of payment of money from a named Security Company owner a Zambian of Indian origin to officers who were transporting the two deported South Africans.
In an interview yesterday, Mr. Hichilema said ACC should take keen interest in the matter especially that some officers were demanding to have K4000 transfered into their accounts while they were transporting Mr Paxtson and Mr Pietesien to Ndola.
He said it was wrong for officers who were supposed to protect and defend people to be used to deport, harrass and victimise people in order to enhance someone’s business. “We hear that there were issues of some named officer from the Immigration demanding to be paid K4000 for the assignment. And according to what we are told is that he wanted this money to be deposited into his account,” said Mr. Hichilema. And according to the letter dated 2nd April, 2013 by former Home Affairs permenent secretary Maxwel Nkole directed to the Inspector General of Police under number MHA/52/8/1, Mr. Nkole expressed sadness over the abuse of the police by a former director of Armcor.
The letter which was also copied to the Minister of Home Affairs then Edgar Lungu, the Attorney General Mumba Malila, the Director of Public Prosecutions Mutembo Nchito, the Commisioner of Police and Ellis and Company, Mr. Nkole questions why police was applying double standards on the former Armcor director who was on his defence on a criminal matter before the courts of law.
“The best the police could do is to remain professional and decline to be used or abused to settle scores on a soured business relationship. Case law and other precedents to refer to in matters of this kind are there. The police comand itself was the one who advised that board resolutions to remove or appoint directors of a compnay are best left in the hands of civil courts.” Mr. Nkole explained that he did not prescribe to the continued abuse of the police by rival companies, adding that he felt that some police officers at Lusaka Central Police were abusing the judicial process on the matter.
“I will be more than ready to testify in this matter if I am required to testify for either side or the parties. Police service should not be used to settle soured business relationships. This is to my understanding in what the leadership of the country wants to see,” said Mr. Nkole. He also revealed that in 2008, a former Armcor director acquired his Zambian citizenship with the help of a politician and his educational papers were fradulently prepared by a named individual.
“The company’s registration that he owns now was never lawfully processed. It was fast tracked by a named retired police officer who was a friends. All in all , the new security is both a political and security risk,” said Mr. Nkole.
He revealed forgeries committed at Armcor during the registration of the company together with false documents generated .
Home Affairs deputry minister Steven Kampyongo when contacted said the public relations department would issue a comprehensive statement while the Minister Ngosa Simbyakula was locked up in a meeting.