I work independently and at no time did President Edgar Lungu’s press aide Amos Chanda instruct me to punish UPND vice president for administration Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba so that he can serve as a lesson to others, says Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja.
He was reacting to an article published in the Post suggesting that Mr Chanda had instructed Mr Kanganja to punish Mr Mwamba so that he could serve as a lesson to others.
According to the article, Mr Chanda was alleged to have told Mr Kanganja to show a difference and sort out Mr Mwamba because his predecessor Stellah Libongani was allegedly too sympathetic to them.
But Mr Kanganja said it was not true that he had received instructions to lock up Mr Mwamba.
“All those are lies, they must leave the President out of this; it is all propaganda,” Mr Kanganja said. He said President Lungu was a lawyer and that at no time could he do such a thing.
And Mr Kanganja told Daily Nation that the police service has deployed over 200 police officers to be patrolling Lusaka following the suspected ritual killing of four people in George compound.
“We have heavy presence of police officers in Lusaka. Our appeal to the people is that they must minimize making unnecessary movements in the night,” he said.
Mr Kanganja said on Thursday evening recruits from Lilayi Training College had also been deployed in Lusaka to beef up manpower.
He said the Zambia Police Service was equally not happy with the killings which have in the recent past characterized Lusaka.
“But we have put in measures to curb the vice,” Mr Kanganja said.
And Mr Kanganja has called on leaders of political parties to engage their supporters on the need to stop violence ahead of the August 11 general elections.
Mr. Kanganja urged all political leaders to strongly condemn violence.
He noted that the violence that has been witnessed in the country of late had the potential to disrupt the peace the country has enjoyed over the years.
Mr Kanganja said the police were however on high alert to maintain peace and order in the country before, during and after the August general elections.