The Zambia Police Service has stated that it will not accept the current lawlessness perpetuated by those with malicious intentions, and that anyone found wanting will be dealt with in accordance with the law.
According to Zambia Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo, criminals have used the celebrations of President-elect Hakainde Hichilema’s proclamation by the Electoral Commission of Zambia this morning to conduct various crimes.
Ms Katongo has cautioned everyone who has gone down the criminal path that they would be arrested and prosecuted.
“Men and women in uniform will continue patrolling streets and communities to ensure that people’s properties are safeguarded and in achieving this goal, they will sternly deal with all those perpetrating crime as such conduct is pure thuggery and shall not be condoned,” she said.
Ms Katongo stated that all those that have taken part in the looting will be fished out and be prosecuted in accordance with the provisions of the law.
she has since advised those celebrating to do so within the confines of the law which includes respect for people’s rights and property.
Ms. Katongo added that officers from Defence and Security wings have already arrested some criminals who took part in the looting and damaging of property and statistics will be availed once compilation is concluded.
This was contained in a press statement issued to ZANIS in Lusaka today.