May 17, 2024 – Former head of state Edgar Chagwa Lungu was in Kabwe, Central Province where the Officer-In-Charge for Kasanda Police Station is alleged to have interrupted a meeting he was having with Bishop Clement Mulenga of Kabwe Dioceses at Stephen Luwisha Secondary School.

Police officers in Kabwe were not formally notified about the visit of the sixth President in the province so that adequate measures could be put in place for his security.

Police had reliable information that Mr. Lungu and his entourage where scheduled to address members of the public in two separate places within Kabwe District.

Officers from Kasanda Police station, in whose jurisdiction the school is, went with the view of verifying what the meeting was all about not until it was later discovered that Mr. Lungu and his entourage were meeting the Bishop.

They later left the district towards Lusaka and upon reaching Prospect Police security checkpoint, one of the motor vehicles in his convoy, a Ford Ranger bearing a foreign registration number B773 BHA disobeyed Police directives by not stopping at the checkpoint.

The vehicle, which was being driven by Leonard Ng’andu, aged 29, of Makeni area in Lusaka, was later intercepted at Makombe area and sent back to Prospect Police station where the driver was charged with failure to obey Police officers’ directives, exceeding seating capacity and driving an uninsured motor vehicle.

Police investigations revealed that the Ford Ranger came into Zambia on May 7, 2024 and was supposed to exit the country on May 6, 2024. The motor vehicle has been impounded while the driver has been released after paying admission of guilty fine.

There was no raid at the Catholic Bishop’s office as alleged in the video which is circulating on social media platforms but officers went to the school for the purpose of inquires.

Police in Central province acted proactively to prevent acts intended to disrupt public tranquility and peace in the Central Business District.

We wish to remind the office of the sixth Republican President to always notify the Police for the sake of his security especially that he is a public figure who may attract public attention.

Danny Mwale
Deputy Police Public Relations Officer

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