LACK of police presence in Lusaka’s Garden Compound has angered residents who feel totally neglected and are at the mercy of brutal criminals lurking in the area.

The residents including those in neighbouring Matero said they faced serious security challenges becouse even the police emergency line failed to live to its expectation.

Mr Daniel Mumbi a resident of Matero said that whenever there was an emergency that required the attention of the police the residents never got through.

Mr. Mumbi said that it was unfortunate that police could have a number that served no purpose at all.

He said there was no point in having the emergency number when it was virtually impossible to reach police using the facility.

Mr. Mumbi said the people did not feel safe because of the rising criminal activities in the two compounds.

“It is not fair that when people are attacked in the middle of the night they have to start running and shouting when they can easily call the police for help,

“If these emergency police numbers are meant to help people they should ensure that they are always available,” said Mr. Mumbi.

Mr Geoffrey Mambwe another resident of Matero said the police command should move around and see how the police deployed at the various local stations carried out their duties.

Mr.Mambwe said that the police in various posts dotted especially in compounds, were not helpful even in emergency situations.

He said it was very difficult to depend on the police because of the unhelpful attitude they give to the people.

‘’When a person at home is attacked they can even be killed if the residents do not go to their rescue because of lack of police presence’’, said Mr. Mambwe.

‘’How does an entire police post not have fuel , the police officers now think their work is in the offices , don’t they know that their job involves moving around why  should it be the responsibility of the people to buy fuel for police officers’’, he said.

Some Garden residents have also complained over the attitude if the police stating that the residents should not start subjecting their salaries to buying police fuel when it is the responsibility of Government. – Millennium Radio 90.5FM

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