Dismissal Shocks Police Commissioner Muntemba

MuntembaFired police commissioner Brenda Muntemba is reportedly shocked with the decision by President Michael Sata to sack her for attempting to uphold democratic principles.

Muntemba, in charge of operations, and police commissioner who is in charge of human resource Antoneil Mutentwa are opposed to the PF regime’s abuse of the police.

The duo is on record challenging Inspector General of Police Stellah Libongani as to why the opposition were being denied permission to hold rallies when there is no cause to do so and that the freedom to associate or assemble was a fundamental right they were entitled to enjoy.

Opposition UPND have been denied 11 times until police succumbed to pressure to allow the Kabwata rally in Lusaka today.

Muntemba and Mutentwa, according to senior police sources, are believed to be advocates of professionalism and were oppositing the excessive political interference in the police service. This was reported to President Sata and, without hesitation, the duo were fired.

Muntemba, a devote Christian, is said to be seeking strength in her belief for God’s strength and help but was unable to understand what had initially struck her a few days after she was honoured by Libongani for creating visibility of the Zambia Police Service when she was spokesperson for the institution.

President Sata has gagged his home affair minister Edgar Lungu from disclosing the reasons why he has fired Muntemba and Mutentwa.

Libongani also feared to comment on the matter and referred all questions on the issue to Lungu who remained mute saying the affected commissioners were appointed by the President.

He said it was only President Sata who could explain the premature firing of the two senior officers.

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