THE Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) has strongly condemned the unprecedented brutal killing of a young woman and the perpetuators of the act, the police, who they are holding accountable for openly conducting themselves in an unprofessional manner in dispersing the unruly crowd.
CCZ president Alfred Kalembo said the police action is a clear indication of the circumstances that arise from within a society whose people are muzzled and gagged to express divergent views.
“It is unfortunate that the opposition party supporters where treated with such force prior to the cancellation of their permit to hold a rally in Chawama township.
“The police have no mandate to kill under any circumstance as they are various means of dealing with crowd control, “Bishop Kalembo said in a statement.
On Friday last week, a UPND supporter Mapenzi Chibulo met her gruesome end in a shooting that left several others injured in Lusaka.
Bishop Kalembo bemoaned the selective provision of security by the police service during this year’s elections campaign period which is evident from the cancellation of political rallies at short notice.
He said it is the duty of the police service to serve Zambian citizens indiscriminately regardless of any political affiliation.
“This action by police in the provision of security and peace to the citizens will culminate into suppression, oppression and intimidation of people with divergent views,” he said.
Bishop Kalembo urged the late Mapenzi to remain strong and not to give up praying, trusting and believing God’s infinite wisdom to see them through this difficult time.