THE ALLEGATIONS BY MR. LUNGU ARE UNFOUNDED AND FALSE, WE HAVE NO INTENTION OF AMBUSHING HIM-POLICE IG

May 23, 2024-

The Zambia Police Service has addressed the recent allegations made by former President Edgar Lungu regarding supposed plans to ambush him at night.

In a statement today, Inspector General of Police Graphel Musamba categorically stated that the allegations by Mr. Lungu are unfounded and false.

Mr. Musamba said at no point did the police have any intention of ambushing Mr. Lungu or any other citizen.

“Our primary concern is the safety and security of all individuals, including Mr. Lungu. As a former head of state, he is entitled to protection, and our monitoring of his movements is strictly for his own safety. This is standard procedure and will be done with the utmost respect for his privacy and dignity. Should Mr. Lungu fail to inform us of his movements, we will still ensure his protection by monitoring his activities, as it is our duty to do so.” Mr. Musamba said

And Mr. Musamba stated that the police security personnel currently assigned to Mr. Lungu are funded by the government.

He however noted that there are situations where these personnel may not suffice in ensuring his safety during all movements and therefore, additional measures by the police are sometimes necessary to provide adequate protection.

Meanwhile, Mr. Musamba appealed to the public to understand the role of the police in maintaining law and order and ensuring the safety of all citizens.

“We ask for your cooperation and to avoid making baseless accusations against the police when it suits particular interests, only to seek police assistance when it becomes convenient.
The Zambia Police Service remains committed to its duty to protect and serve the public impartially and professionally.” Mr. Musamba said

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