16TH AUGUST, 2021 – It has been observed with sadness that criminals have taken advantage of celebrations of the declaration of His Excellency, President elect of the Republic of Zambia, Mr Hakainde Hichilema by the Electoral Commission of Zambia this morning, to commit various offences under the guise of celebrations.
This prevailing lawlessness being perpetrated by few individuals with ill motives shall not be tolerated and anyone found wanting shall be dealt with in accordance with the law.
We wish to warn all those who have taken this criminal route that they should begin counting their days as they risk being arrested and prosecuted.
We urge all members of the public with information on whoever is involved in this criminal act to report to police as quickly as they can, using the police toll free lines 9010 and 9011.
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.
Soon all of those that have taken part in the looting will be fished out and be prosecuted according to the provisions of the law.
All those celebrating are therefore advised to do so within the confines of the law which includes respect for people’s rights and property and should be on the look out for criminal elements.
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.
ZAMBIA POLICE SPOKESPERSON
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