Some irate Kitwe residents yesterday beat up a police officer suspected of being drunk, while manning Chimwemwe police post.

This was after one of the residents in Chimwemwe had gone to the police post to report a case, however the police officer could not attend to the matter, as he was allegedly drunk.

An eye-witness narrated that the armed Police officer was found sleeping and one of the residents grabbed the fire-arm from him and slapped him.

A fight then ensued between the residents and the police officer, who in the process threw a tear-gas canister at the crowd.

Suspects who were detained in the cells were also chocked in the process.

The suspects were later transferred to Mindolo police station, after officers from other stations intervened.

Efforts to get a comment from Mindolo Police Officer-In-Charge, and Copperbelt Police Commissioner, Joyce Kasosa proved futile by broadcast time.

Meanwhile, Kitwe District Commissioner Chanda Kabwe has appealed to the Police command on the Copperbelt to arrest the increasing levels of indiscipline among police officers in the district.

Mr. Kabwe said it is unfortunate that police officers who was supposed to be safeguarding human life at Chimwemwe police could behave in such a manner.

He said the Officer who has since been detained will be discharged from service if it is established that he was drunk while on duty.

Mr. Chanda  said Government would not tolerate the levels of indiscipline and called for responsible behaviour from all those charged with the duty of serving the public.

The incident comes barely a week after another police officer who is suspected to have been drinking beer hit into a woman and killing her baby.

The woman is recovering at Kitwe Central Hospital.


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