Lusaka -8th January 2022
The revelations made by renowned Lusaka Lawyer, Makebi Zulu that a well-known United Party for National Development (UPND) cadre was present and participated in the interrogation of Police Deputy Commissioner, Chisanga Chanda is extremely worrying.
Further, the facts that have emerged that Mr. Chanda, who is also the Aide de Camp(ADC) to former President Edgar Lungu, was held at a private place in Kalundu during the entire ordeal, is highly concerning.
As if this was not enough, Mr. Chanda’s wife, her friend and the garden boy were also rounded up and detained in this bizarre case.
During the entire period, the officers also refused Mr. Chanda access to his lawyers and the lawyer’s numerous efforts to locate his client didn’t receive any cooperation from the Police command.
Police have since charged Mr. Chanda with a case of an accessory after the fact to a felony contrary to Section 397(1) and 398 of the Penal Code Act, Cap 87 of the Laws of Zambia.
It is alleged that Mr. Chanda received or helped a wanted person of interest to the Police.
It is clear from the above that the police and investigative officers involved in this case acted with impunity and outside the law.
The officers also breached criminal investigations standards and rules of engagement in handling of a suspect.
The Police also breached Mr. Chanda’s fundamental rights and access to legal counsel.
The officers must be investigated for clear cases of kidnapping, abduction and holding a person against their will as Mr. Chanda was taken to a non-designated law Enforcement Agency premises and kept there for over 3 days.
Further the involvement of a known UPND cadre in Police investigations raises serious concerns and is a clear violation of the law.
This contaminates the entire case as it appears that this process is maliciously being driven by a political party and is not informed by evidence.
The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Lemmy Kajoba must immediately act to curb this wanton lawlessness displayed in this case.
If done so, this may in some how restore confidence against the background that law enforcement agencies are acting with impunity, and politicians are driving the cases during the on-going investigations against cases of corruption and political violence.
Zambia is a Democracy and the Rule of Law is sacred to its survival and must never be compromised by the Police or any other institution.
Amb. Emmanuel Mwamba