38 persons were detained by the police for trespassing on military property in the Kashitu neighborhood of the Kapiri-Mposhi District.
The 38, which included 17 women, broke the rules by kneeling down and chopping down trees on the 42 Zambia Army Battle Training Area.
Following a report of people settling on military property, police launched their investigation, and on February 14, 2023, at around 9:00 a.m., 38 persons were taken from the Army Training area in Kashitu.
According to deputy police spokesperson Danny Mwale, all of the individuals are being held in police custody and have been accused of criminal trespass.
“Members of the public, especially those squatting or have encroached on Military land are putting their lives in danger as training areas contain particles that may cause serious harm or even death. Traditional leaders should relocate their people to other designated areas far from Military training areas as it will be dangerous for civilians to co-exist with trainees,” he said.
Twenty alleged “junkies” have been detained for being idle and disorderly at the Chawama Compound.
This, according to Mr. Mwale, is the result of an operation that targeted “junkies” in response to many reports of attacks by neighborhood residents in the Chawama compound.
He claimed that the suspects, all males between the ages of 20 and 40, are being held in police custody as they await formal charges.
“The operation was conducted between February 14, 2023 around 20:30 hours and February 15, 2023 around 02:00 hours in Chawama Compound,” he said.