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Zambia suspends four police officers
caught getting bribes from motorists

LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) -- Authorities in Zambia on Friday suspended four police officers who were caught getting bribes from motorists at an illegal checkpoint.

On Thursday, Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo found the four police officers collecting bribes from motorists for various traffic offenses without issuing them with receipts, with the video of the incident going viral on social media.

Kakoma Kanganja, Inspector-General of the Zambia Police, said the police officers have been suspended because their behavior was shameful and an embarrassment to the institution.

Further investigations have been instituted into the alleged corrupt practices, he added.

“This should serve as a warning to all other officers in the system that my command will not support any corrupt activities among police officers. Any misconduct involving police officers will not be taken lightly,” he said in a statement.

The police, he said, are expected to show exemplary behavior as they belong to a law enforcement agency, adding that the police have since launched a direct deposit system where fines for traffic offenses will be directly deposited into commercial banks.

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EARLIER REPORT:

Zambia police officers caught red-handed for receiving bribes from motorists

LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) -- A Zambian minister on Thursday caught four traffic police officers receiving bribes from motorists after mounting an illegal roadblock on one of the roads in Lusaka, the country’s capital.

The four police officers, two males and two females, were caught unaware as Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo found them collecting money from motorists for various traffic offenses without giving them receipts as required by law, according to Radio Phoenix, a local private radio.

The police officers attempted to flee when they noticed the presence of the minister and replied in the negative when the minister asked if they were issuing the traffic offenders with receipts, according to the radio station.

The Zambian minister has since expressed disappointment with the level of corruption among police officers, adding that this was tarnishing the government’s efforts to tackle corruption.

Last month, corruption watchdog, Transparency International Zambia, in collaboration with the government’s Anti-Corruption Commission released the results of the Zambia Bribe Payers Index which showed that the traffic police has maintained its number one slot as the most corrupt department in the Zambia Police Service.

           

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