PRESIDENT LUNGU FIRES DEPUTY POLICE IG – OPERATIONS BONNY KAPESO AND APPOINTS CHARITY KATANGA AND OTHERS
I have received a preliminary report on the killing of two citizens in Lusaka last week and I have immediately made changes in the Police Service Command to allow for a speedy enquiry.
Let me emphasize that investigations into the matter have not been concluded. I, therefore, call upon witnesses, apart from those interviewed already to help the Police with any information. I do not want the matter to be prejudiced, and I ask members of the public allow investigators to do a professional job, regardless of who is involved.
To this effect I have made changes to the Zambia Police Service Command. I have given Inspector General Mr. Kakoma Kanganja a six month contract to transform the institution and regain people’s confidence. This is to enable him conclude the investigations into the killing of two innocent Zambians and allow him to reorganize the Police Service with a view to restoring the eroding public confidence in the service. This will form the basis for his performance appraisal for further consideration.
I have also appointed Copperbelt Province Commissioner of Police, Mrs Charity Katanga as the new Deputy Inspector General of Police (Operations). I have also appointed Northern Province Commissioner of Police, Mr. Richard Mweene as the new Deputy Inspector General of Police (Administration).
I have since terminated the contract of Deputy Inspector General of Police (Operations), Mr. Bonny Kapeso, and I have not renewed Deputy Inspector General of Police (Administration), Mr. Eugene Sibote’s contract.
I have further transferred Eastern Province Commissioner of Police, Mr. Lackson Sakala to Lusaka to replace Mr. Nelson Phiri whose contract has not been renewed. North Western Province Commissioner of Police, Mr. Elias Chushi has been transferred to the Copperbelt Province.
I have moved Muchinga Province Commissioner of Police, Mr. Joel Njase to North Western Province and State House Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr. Geza Lungu has been promoted to Commissioner of Police and moved to Eastern Province.
I have also promoted Airport Police Division Deputy Commissioner of Police Ms. Lizzy Machina as Muchinga Province Commissioner of Police. Lilayi Training College Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr. Jestus Nsokolo has been promoted as Commissioner of Police to head Northern Province.
I have also promoted Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police, Dr. Charles Mbita as Deputy Commissioner of Police, Lilayi Training College and also promoted Senior Assistant Police Commissioner, Tazara Division, Mr. Lazarus Mbuzi to the position of Deputy Commissioner of Police for Central Province.