Zambian Deputy Inspector General of Police Bonny Kapeso launched a sting operation to find Eastern Province Patriotic Front (PF) Youth Chairman Emmanuel Jay Banda who is accused of aggravated robbery.
The deputy inspector is of the view that the ruling party is harboring a party criminal, as such the ruling party has been accused of preventing the course of justice.
In response, the ruling party warned the police deputy inspector of dragging the party into criminal activities, as they are of the view that youth chairman Banda did not commit the crime in the name of the party or under the auspice of the ruling party.
Lusaka Provincial Secretary for the ruling party Patriotic Front Kennedy Kamba, said the crime should be dealt with on an individual basis not on party basis.
Addressing the media at PF Provincial Headquarters in Lusaka on Wednesday, Kamba informed the Zambians that, the party is being dragged into the mud by the deputy inspector.
“We strongly feel that Mr.Kapeso is maliciously dragging the PF as a ruling party in the alleged misconduct of individuals who must personally face the law if found wanting rather than dragging the entire party into their misdeeds,” said Kamba.
Recently the ruling party held a meeting with police, assuring that no one is above the law, including members of the ruling party.
“It is not so long ago that we had a meeting with the Police command where we assured them that the PF was not above the law or reproach. We assured the Police of utmost respect in the discharge of their duties and that no PF supporter, member or leader was expected to undermine the Police,” added Kamba.
Despite president Lungu directing Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo to do everything in his power to apprehend the fugitive, the Deputy Police Inspector still maintains that the president’s ruling party is harboring a fugitive.
“To demonstrate how we respect the law and Police officers as a Party, President Lungu on Saturday during the Central Committee meeting, directed Home Affairs Minister Hon Stephen Kampyongo to make sure that Jay Jay was brought to book. Why should Mr. Kapeso then turn to the PF and its general membership and say we know where Jay Jay is hiding? Such comments are sheer slander and malicious against the PF,” highlighted Kamba.
The move to advice the deputy inspector not to involve or name the ruling party in the search of a fugitive has been viewed by some as direct interference with police investigations.
“The Ruling Party is interfering too much in the affairs of the Police. Very soon we shall hear that Mr. Kapeso has been demoted or forced to retire. This is not right,” noted Monde kays.
Liberty Pazvakawambwa SADC News Correspondent