‘ARREST TRIGGER-HAPPY COP’

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By SILUMESI MALUMO

HOME Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo has instructed Copperbelt Police Commissioner Charity Katanga to arrest the officer who shot a 15-year-old boy in Luanshya.

And Mr Kampyongo has instructed Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja to ensure that instructors at Lilayi training Centre who have allegedly impregnated recruits face the law.

Speaking on Radio phoenix ‘Let People Talk’ programme yesterday, Mr Kampyongo noted that there was indiscipline among officers which must end.

The minister said the trigger-happy officer should face the law to deter others from committing similar offences. Mr Kampyongo said he would closely follow the matter and ensure that the suspect was dealt with because it was unacceptable for officers to take the law into their hands. “I am directing the hard working Copperbelt Police Commissioner to ensure that the matter is thoroughly investigated. The officer will not go scot-free,” Mr Kampyongo said.

Mr Kampyongo said there was need to stop the lawlessness among the police officers as they were mandated to protect citizens and not become ruthless in society. Meanwhile, Mr Kampyongo directed Mr Kanganja to ensure that officers who impregnated recruits at Lilayi were brought to book.

“I am instructing Mr Kanganja to ensure that the matter is investigated. Once we find that it is true, that the instructors impregnated the recruits then we shall deal with them. “This matter will not be left unchecked because we need to have disciplined officers in the service,” Mr Kampyongo said.

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