TWENTY-SIX suspects have been arrested in the continued investigation following recent unrests involving illegal land invasions in Lusaka West.
Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja who confirmed the arrests also said 16 other people were also apprehended and charged with conduct likely to cause breach of peace after they were found burning tyres and throwing stones at motorists.
Mr Kanganja said the police have received numerous complaints of illegal land invasions in Lusaka West, a situation which culminated in the killing of two people.
“The latest incident involved one of the victims being locked up in her house for two days while her land was being shared and sold.
“Additionally, another victim was buried alive up to the neck, a couple beaten while another family was chased by the same encroachers who later occupied their house,” Mr Kanganja said.
He explained that police would not sit back and watch criminals take the law into their own hands, but would ensure perpetrators were arrested and brought to book.
“In view of the above, the police moved in to provide security and protection to the citizens of Lusaka West who had title to the land which eventually necessitated the demolitions.
“So far, 26 suspects have been arrested and investigations will continue to make sure that all those involved are brought to book,” he said.
Mr Kanganja said the operations were ongoing with officers positioned on the ground to secure the area from criminals threatening the lives and freedoms of lawful owners of the land.
He said police shall not condone illegality to prevail over lawfully acquired property.
Mr Kanganja has since called on all peace-loving Zambians to support the p*olice in their efforts to maintain law and order by reporting all those involved in the illegal act of land invasion.