ZAMBIA: Cadre kills cop at Lungu’s rally

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A POLICE officer has died after a speeding vehicle driven by a PF cadre hit him at President Edgar Lungu’s rally in Kapiri Mposhi.
The police officer identified as Sergeant Sililo of Kabwe was manning President Lungu’s rally when an unregistered Honda Fit which was being driven by Cranus Zambi, 30, hit him.
He was immediately rushed to Kabwe General Hospital where he died early on Saturday.
“We have lost Sergeant Sililo of Mobile Unit Kabwe in the early hours of today (Saturday). He was hit by a cadre yesterday at the PF rally as he was performing his duties in Kapiri Mposhi. He was rushed to Kabwe General Hospital but unfortunately, he has left us in the early hours of today. My condolences to the family,” a police source disclosed.
“This is the problem we have with these PF cadres. They misbehave a lot on the roads, they think the law doesn’t apply to them because they belong to the ruling party. Now a life has been lost due to their carelessness. I hope they will learn a lesson from this and start behaving themselves during these campaigns. What is happening is sickening even to us police officers.”
And police public relations assistant Esther Mwaata-Katongo said Zambi was currently in detention for causing death by dangerous driving.
“The car was being driven by Cranus Zambi, 30, a Honda Fit, unregistered. It lost control due to excessive speed and hit the police officer who was standing by the roadside. He was rushed to the hospital where he died. Zambi is in detention for causing death by dangerous driving,” said Katongo.
Last week, The Post carried an editorial comment, highlighting the lawlessness of the PF cadres on the roads.
“…Today, cadres of the Patriotic Front are driving motor vehicles without licences. But no police officer dares to stop them, as long as the motor vehicle is branded in Patriotic Front colours and with Edgar’s campaign posters. They don’t obey traffic rules – they pass even when traffic lights are red, overtake anyhow, stop anywhere and do all sorts of crazy things that endanger the lives of other road users. But no one stops or challenges them. They do all this in full view of the police…,” stated the editorial comment in part.

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