Recently one unpleasant incident involving a policeman has appeared in the network. The scandal erupted after an ambiguous video involving a policeman was distributed.
In this video a police officer from Mobile Unit in combat uniform is seen pleading for leniency from agitated members of the public for not issuing a receipt after he allegedly collected money from a motorist at Kagem security check point on the Copperbelt.
It became known that the authorities had already identified the policeman from the video and appropriate actions would be taken. The Zambia Police Service has commenced administrative action against this officer.
A statement has also been made by Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo. She noticed that the officer’s actions were undoubtedly inappropriate. She also said that his behavior could affect the attitude of citizens towards the police as a whole. Esther Katongo confirmed that the identification of a police officer was carried out and that administrative measures would be taken against him. In her opinion, eyewitnesses of this event also needed to testify. Therefore, she urged everyone who had any information on this case to go to the nearest police station and share what happened.
Katongo repeated that this officer’s behavior was inappropriate and could have a negative impact on the entire police force. She also reminded all police officers of their duty and putting an end to corruption.
At the end of her statement, she also focused on the receipts. Police Spokesperson added that in order to avoid an increase in the level of corruption, all citizens and organizations should require a receipt from police officers to pay fines or other fees.