Inspector General of Police Stella Libongani’s aides yesterday beat up and threatened to shoot United Party for National Development (UPND) Senanga MP Likando Mufalali for allegedly interfering with her high speed “blue light” convoy on the Ndola to Lusaka highway.
Mr Mufalali told the Daily Nation that he was coming from the Copperbelt when Ms Libongani’s motorcade pushed him off the road near Kapiri mposhi to allow her clear passage along the road.
“I gave way and followed behind, when suddenly the convoy stopped and officers started to beat me up while Ms Lobongani watched,” he explained.
The officers attempted to grab his car key and in the process broke it leaving him stranded.
Mr Mufalali said when he saw the police escort vehicle with a blue beacon, he thought it was Vice-President Guy Scott and quickly gave way to the motorcade and joined the road soon after the last escort vehicle had passed.
He started following the convoy when suddenly, the sweeping police vehicle parked and gave way to the Inspector General to pass.
He then decided to overtake and proceed but he was blocked by three police officers who confronted him threatening to shoot him dead for following the convoy.
He said three police officers who were driving a high way patrol ZP1966 B blue and white vehicle demanded that he got out of his car and beat him when he resisted obeying their commands.
Mr Mufalali said he was being assaulted by the aides to Ms Libongani while she stood by and watched.
But Ms Libongani when contacted referred the query to Police spokesperson Charity Munganga who did not answer her phone when called.
Mr Mufalali said when he went to Kabwe Central police to report the assault case, the police command refused to record the matter because it involved their boss.
He said he was embarrassed by the situation considering that the police were expected to protect citizens and not harassing them anyhow.
“As far as I am concerned, it is not a crime for any citizen to drive his/ her car behind the police motorcade.
“I went to report to Kabwe central police because the incidence happened just near Mulungushi area in Kabwe. But the police rejected my report upon hearing that it was Libongani who was involved. I called the Home Affairs minister Dr Ngosa Simbyakula who appeared not to have heard what I was talking about,” Mr Mufalali said.
But Inspector General of police Stella Libongani when contacted referred all queries to her spokesperson.
“I am not in the position to answer to any queries, please refer all the queries to the police spokesperson,” Ms Libongani said.