Central Province police chief Lombe Kamukoshi has given a one-week ultimatum for the removal of private motor vehicles from all police stations in her territory but some police officers have expressed displeasure.
Ms. Kamukoshi sounded the warning and further said that all the defaulters will have their vehicles forfeited to the State, she was speaking to Kabwe’s KNC radio in support of Home Affairs Minister Davis Mwila’s directive.
“It has come to my attention that some vehicles are still parked at various police stations but I want to sound the warning by giving a one-week ultimatum to all those accident vehicles to be removed from the police station failure to which they shall be forfeited to the state. The only vehicles to remain at the police stations are those undergoing investigations,” she said.
Meanwhile, some police officers have complained that Mr. Mwila’s directive was made without any consultation and was likely to fail.
The officers who spoke on condition of anonymity said that even if Mr. Mwila suspected lack of accountability in parking levies, there was very little revenue realised from the car parks.
“The minister did not consult widely because actually there isn’t even much revenue realised from the parking levies. Most of the stations just realise about K40 to K50 every day because most of the vehicles parked at police stations belong to police officers or to some close relatives to police officers and do not pay,” said a Kabwe-based policeman.
The policeman said that the money if converted into petty cash could still not meet the requirements of the station and advised that the minister must be addressing much more important issues like accommodation and transport for police officers.
Mr. Mwila has reiterated his directive for police stations to rid their premises of all private vehicles or risk their forfeiture.