Zambia police service reacts to claims of torture by economic and equity party leader Chilufya Tayali.
The Zambia Police Service is committed to upholding Human rights and freedoms as enshrined in Article 193(2)(e) of the Constitution of Zambia (Amendment) Act No.2 of 2016.
We are concerned with the allegations which have been raised by Mr Chilufya Tayali accusing our Director of CID that he tortured him whilst in police custody. As all may be aware by now that Mr. Chilufya Tayali was apprehended by police officers and detained in police custody. He was later released on 16th November 2022 after being formally charged and arrested in the company of his lawyer.
During the time of his detention and at the time of his release neither did the accused nor his lawyer raises any complaint of being tortured whilst in our custody later alone to raise an allegation after being released.
As Zambia Police Service we take great exceptions to claims of torture that have been raised after he was released and parted company with him together with his lawyer amicably. We have also taken note that he has stated that he is pursuing it with his lawyers and we will be waiting for the result of his consultation and the next course of action.
We also would like to remind members of the public of the need to desist from drawing inferences on a matter bordering on allegations that still needs to be proved.
In other news – Businessman Maxwell Chongu nabbed
Police in Lusaka through the Investigations Team have arrested and charged Maxwell Chongu a businessman aged 41 and Rozyna Mweemba Mumba a housewife aged 37 both of Avondale in Lusaka and Directors of Greenside Suppliers and Investments Limited for the offences of Undertaking Construction Works without a valid National Council for Construction Certificate Contrary to Section 21(1)(2) of the National Council for Construction (NCC) Act No. 13 of 2003, Obtaining Pecuniary Advantage by False Pretences Contrary to Section 309A of the Penal Code Chapter 87 and Money Laundering Contrary to Section seven of the Prohibition and Prevention of Money Laundering Act number 14 of 2001 as read with amendment Act Number 44 of 2010 of the Laws of Zambia.
The duo through their Company Greenside Supplies and Investments Limited secured a sub-contract with the AFCONS Infrastructure Limited in the construction of Lusaka City Decongestion Project in May 2019 without a valid National Council for Construction Certificate and thereby obtained a pecuniary advantage of USD 48,512 from the Government of the Republic of Zambia. Learn More