POLICE in Lusaka last night raided the ‘barracks’ of PF National Commander Innocent Kalimanshi in Lusaka’s Chawama Compound and confiscated assorted weapons, among them, spears, axes, machetes, and knock berries.
Meanwhile, about 20 of Kalimanshi’s ‘troops’ have been arrested and detained.
However, Kalimanshi through the power of his “Embeneza” managed to escape the dragnet and is reported to be in hiding as the search continues.
©Kalemba December 22, 2020
READ THE POLICE AND LCC STATEMENT BELOW:
JOINT STATEMENT ON AN OPERATION CONDUCTED IN LUSAKA’S CHAWAMA COMPOUND BY THE ZAMBIA POLICE AND LUSAKA CITY COUNCIL
22ND DECEMBER, 2020 – Police in Lusaka have in the recent past received numerous complaints from members of the public in Chawama and surrounding compounds on a rise in criminal activities which had culminated into breaches of public peace, blockage of main roads such as Chifundo road, harassing, attacking and assaulting of innocent members of the public.
Police also received information that the criminals were using a local private structure in John Howard where a group of suspected perpetrators of various crimes were occupying one room from where various illegal activities were taking place hence causing fear in people in the area. It is suspected that the said structure was harboring criminals behind a spate of criminal activities experienced in the area and surrounding compounds.
Arising from this, in the early hours of Tuesday , 22nd December, 2020, around 0100 hours, Zambia Police conducted a joint operation with the Lusaka City Council during which an assortment of offensive weapons were recovered such axes, Knives, machetes, golf sticks and a spear.
Additionally, 24 suspects were picked up and unascertained quantities of Marijuana were found on some of the suspects. During the operation, it was discovered that the structure which was being used by the suspected criminals operated a bar and restaurant in filthy environment and was without a liquor Licence and Public Health Permit contrary to the provisions of the law.
Those arrested are detained in police custody are yet to be charged for being Found in Possession of Offensive weapon and will further be handed over to the Drug Enforcement Commission for the drug related offences.
Those arrested are Joshua Chitwaka aged 20 of Chawama, Isaiah Chungu aged 18 of Chawama, John Zimba aged 19 of John Howard, Silwimba Musonda aged 19 of John Laing, Michael Kafusha aged 46 of Chawama, Edwin Musonda aged 36 of Chawama, Moses Bwalya aged 43 of Makeni, William Musonda, 30 of Chawama, Donald Kampamba aged 48 of Kabanana, Caleb Daka aged 21 of Kuomboka, Andrew Mutale aged 19 of Kuku, Ben Daka aged 20 of Misisi and Lackson Simfukwe aged 17 years of Kuomboka.
Others are Francis Tembo aged 22 years of Kuku, Nzolo Peulu aged 20 years Chawama, Abraham Lwenga aged 20 of Makeni, Peter Kakube aged 17 of Kuku, Joshua Banda aged 15 of Chawama, Emmanuel Mwanza aged 19 of Chawama, Ferdinand Likumbi aged 15 of Chawama, Joel Nyondo aged 30 of Kabanana, Adam Chibuye aged 22 of Kuku and Medson Banda aged 20 of John Howard.
We urge members of the public to continue bringing security concerns in their communities to the Zambia Police Service as such information was cardinal in planning an operation.
Esther Mwaata Katongo
Zambia Police Public Relations Officer
Lusaka City Council Public Relations Officer