By Staff Writer
Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja says the ruling PF has made the operation of the police easy.
In a media statement, Mr Kanganja said in the past, the Zambia Police Service had been operating under very difficult conditions, in respect of housing, office accommodation, transport and uniforms, just to mention a few.
“However, upon assuming the reins of power in 2011, the Patriotic Front (PF) Government embarked on a robust program to alleviate the challenges faced officers, which has resulted in unprecedented infrastructure developments, transport and all types of uniform being procured.
“This is there for everyone to see. As at now, the Police Service has received over 1000 Housing Units countrywide, buses, vans, uniforms of all kinds including rain coats and weather coats. In the coming months, in particular August, 2020 we are expected to receive trucks, Ambulances, specialized vehicles for use Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Canine Section, Mounted Section, Anti-riot Water Cannons, Recovery Vehicles and also Boats for the Marine Department. All the departments have been adequately catered for,” Mr Kanganja said.
He said among the items procured include 100 bicycles which are meant for use officers under the Victim Support Unit (VSU) and the Community Services Division (CSD) as opposed to the 1000 bicycles as insinuated on social media.
The IG said the bikes will enable the officers to respond to complaints in areas that are difficult to access use of motor vehicles.
“Additionally, we have received donations of bicycles from various stakeholders which are meant for effective policing.
“I therefore urge members of the public to support the work that the Government is doing for the men and women in uniform and avoid dragging the Zambia Police Service into politics,” he said.