Carol Kambwili :We were kicked, hit with gun, and stripped [email protected]
NGOCC executive director Engwase Mwale said the Republican Constitution guarantees citizens right to dignity and against all forms of inhuman and torturous treatment.
She said to undress a woman in the manner the police did to Kambwili’s wife was not only an assault on her dignity but a collective assault on all Zambian women.
“Regardless of the crime one is accused of committing, they are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty by a competent court. Therefore, the brutality and heavy-handedness by the overzealous police officers against the defenseless and unarmed women is totally unacceptable. To torture and dehumanise Mrs Kambwili and the daughter in that manner is criminal. Clearly, from the video that has gone viral the behavior of the police is devoid of any civility and professionalism expected of the Police Service,” she said.
“We, therefore, demand an apology from the Inspector General of Police, Mr Kakoma Kanganja, and the immediate prosecution of the officers that behaved in a barbaric manner as captured in the videos which are circulating on online platforms.”
Mwale said the conduct of the officers was far short of the set principles of public service and specifically the Police Code of Conduct.
Mwale said NGOCC expects the police to act according to their call of service in ensuring law and order and resolve to maintain civility when dealing with citizens.
“If this is the kind of police action that our democracy shall now be exposed to, NGOCC has cause to worry how the Zambia Police is preparing to handle the 2021 general elections. The Police Service has a lot of work to do in order to enhance the professional conduct of our women and men in uniform,” she said.
“The examples shown so far in many aspects leave majority citizens concerned. Just recently we witnessed videos of cadres of a named political party damaging a motor vehicle of one opposition political party in full view of the police.”
She said the duty of the Zambia Police was to protect citizens and ensure that at every point the human rights and indeed women’s rights of all Zambians were upheld.
ZNWL executive director Juliet Chibuta condemned the brutal conduct of the police officers who apprehended Carol and Chanda.
“Mrs Kambwili and her daughter were physically harassed and almost undressed as they were forced into a police vehicle for alleged assault and disorderly conduct. We note that Mrs Kambwili and her daughter may have committed an offence, however the force unleashed by police when apprehending them was excessive and uncalled for,” said Chibuta.
“It was sad to see women being dehumanised, and undressed at the hands of the police who ideally should guarantee their safety. While we note that police have a duty to uphold law and order, this must be done in the most professional manner possible. Police are supposed to protect citizens and not inflict harm. We therefore call on the Inspector General of the Police Mr Kakoma Kanganja to ensure police brutality is restrained as such conduct may trigger retaliation from the public and further plunge the nation into discord and lawlessness.”
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