The Human Rights Commission is saddened by the death of Constable Lenox Kapila who was shot by a fellow police officer identified as Constable Edwin Kabasiya following an argument at Munali Police Post on Friday 4th January 2019.
The Commission condemns the killing of the police officer and regrets that the life of a law enforcement officer could be lost in such a barbaric, cruel and reprehensible manner. It is shocking that a police officer can shoot a fellow police officer on duty for abiding by his professional ethics by declining to attend to a civil case reported by the assailant’s wife, but instead correctly advised the complainant to seek recourse through civil litigation in the courts of law. It is unfortunate that Constable Edwin Kabasiya who was expected to understand the law and the procedure for dealing with civil matters could not take the advice and decided to take the law in his own hands. The Commission is calling for the Zambia Police to ensure that the suspect wherever he may be is apprehended and accordingly prosecuted in the courts of law.
The Commission is also deeply concerned at the death of a suspect who was detained at George Police Post in George Compound after being arrested for the offence of burglary and theft. The Commission is calling on the Zambia Police Service to get to the bottom of the unfortunate death of a suspect at the hands of the named police officers and Neighborhood watch officers of George Police Post to ensure that justice prevails and those found wanting are held accountable in accordance with the law.
It is the expectation of the Commission that the Zambia Police Service will inform the public about the measures it will take at the end of these investigations to put to an end such inhuman, irresponsible and uncalled for acts by police officers which dent the image of the Service and Zambia’s human rights record and erode public confidence in the Service. A high standard of professionalism and discipline is expected of the Zambia Police in the performance of their duties being the Institution mandated to maintain law and order as well as uphold the Bill of Rights in accordance with Article 193 (2) of the Constitution of Zambia (Amendment) Act No. 2 of 2016.
[The Human Rights Commission is a National Human Rights Institution established under Article 230 of the Constitution of Zambian (Amendment) Act No. 2 of 2016 to promote and protect Human Rights in Zambia]
Principal Information Officer
HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION