By Abel Mboozi
LIUWA MMD member of parliament Dr Situmbeko Musokotwane says there is need for police presence in areas where cattle rustling was rampant.
Debating a private members motion on Wednesday urging the government to stiffen the law relating to stock theft in order to enhance livestock farming, Dr Musokotwane said he was surprised to note that police concentrated so much on roadblocks at the expense of fighting crime.
“Totally surprising, gone are the days when the police will be on beat, patrolling asking questions, if they see someone driving an animal without papers. Those days are gone,” Dr Musokotwane said.
“If you want to see the police, where do you find them? On the road, so you begin to wonder, is there a management system in the police force? As far as I know, the Police are supposed to be like the Army, the ZAF, where everything works under command with clear management systems.”
Dr Musokotwane said what was happening currently was sad as any police officer could decide any time, just to go on the road to mount a road block.
“…So I am just wondering, even much as I support my brother there [Shakafuswa\, unless the police begin to work, I am even wondering who is going to arrest these cattle rustlers,” Dr Musokotwane said.
“Who is going to arrest them? In the end Mr Speaker, I think we are going to encourage a system of retribution. The justice of cattle rustling if we don’t move away from the hands of the government, it will move into the hands of people. You will be hearing people slaughtering each other with spears, those who know witchcraft, with witchcraft.”
However, the motion which was moved by Kalabo UPND member of parliament, Chinga Miyutu, was thrown out with justice deputy minister Keith Mukata and his counterpart for home affairs, Stephen Kampyongo stressing that Zambia already had adequate laws on cattle rustling.