LUSAKA, (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
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
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.
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
Zambia suspends 4 police
officers caught getting bribes from motorists
LUSAKA, (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.
Inspector-General of the Zambia Police, said the police officers
have been suspended because their behavior was shameful and an
embarrassment to the institution.
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.