“Govt Loyal To Police”

Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo says government has shown loyalty to the Zambia police service by modernising the police and ensuring that officers live in decent conditions.Mr. Kampyongo says government, therefore, expects the Zambia police officers to be professional and avoid partisan politics.Mr Kampyongo was speaking when has officially received 48 police housing units in which have been built by AVIC International in Mpika District.The Minister also directed Muchinga Province Commissioner of Police Joel Njase to ensure that officers facing discplinary action are NOT given accommodation at the new housing complex.Mr Kampyongo said the handover of the houses is not an isolated incidence as government has committed itself to provide quality infrastructure development for all Zambians.Mr Kampyongo said government detractors want to politicise the development taking place across the country.He said under phase two of the project for his Ministry areas which have not benefitted under phase one will also be considered.Mr Kampyongo also disclosed that government plans to construct a modern level one police station in Mpika District to match the housing units which have been handed over to his ministry.And Mpika Member Parliament Silvia Chalikosa, who is also Works and Supply Minister, said her ministry will conduct routine inspections of the new houses and other facilities.Ms Chalikosa urged the new occupants of the houses to guard them jealously and ensure that there are not vandalized.She also said the new national asset management policy will provide for accountability and ensure that such projects are safeguarded.And Home Affairs Permanent Secretary Chileshe Mulenga also urged Muchinga Province Commissioner of Police Joel Njase to protect the land in the province which has been allocated to defence and security wings for various projects.And AVIC International Representative Lijun Gan expressed gratitude to the Zambian government for supporting the housing project.Mr Lijun said the construction of the houses has improved the living conditions of the officers countrywide.And Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja said Mpika has not had a police camp in the past and this made it difficult to mobilise officers in times of need.Mr Kanganja said the government initiative to build houses and procure equipment has motivated his officers.He said the Zambia police service will reciprocate government’s gesture by ensuring peace and security for social and economic development.The new houses bring to 933 out of the 1500 units which are to be constructed countrywide. Post Views: 16
News Source: ZNBC

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