SOME police officers-in-charge in Lusaka have defied Home Affairs Minister Davis Mwila’s order to stop allowing private vehicles to park at their stations overnight.
The officers have also continued collecting parking fees without issuing Government recongised receipts.
When contacted for a comment, police public Relations officer Charity Munganga Chanda told the Daily Nation that the police would issue a comprehensive statement soon. Last week, Mr Mwila called for an end to members of the public parking their vehicles at police stations until accountability measures were put in place.
An on-the-spot-check by the Daily Nation at some police stations in Lusaka revealed that the parking of vehicles overnight had continued with police officers receiving the money from motorists.
The minister had observed that police officers had been issuing unauthorized receipts to motorists who parked their vehicles at police stations, making accountability difficult.
Mr Mwila said the decision to ban the parking of vehicles was due to mismanagement of parking fees which was contrary to the Police Act of 1999.
The minister said a lot of the money had been misappropriated by officers-in-charge and has directed the Police command to check on officers-in-charge on how much money they have raised and abused.
Mr Mwila said the law was clear and that individuals were allowed to park vehicles at police posts and stations but emphasized that all vehicles should now be removed from there to restore sanity and cleanliness.
He reiterated his directive to remove private motor vehicles from the police stations and posts or risk the vehicles being forfeited to the State.
Mr Mwila said after putting proper systems in place to ensure accountability of all revenue raised from parking fees, the ban would be lifted, adding that for now motorists should find alternative parking places.
The minister said it was the responsibility of political leaders to provide leadership and ensure that there was sanity in the police service.