By DELPHINE ZULU –
THE Inspector General of Police has said it was dangerous to remove the United Party for National Development (UPND) from the road during the Mongu fracas as they were arrogant.
Kakoma Kanganja said the police would have acted accordingly, but restrained themselves in order to maintain peace because there would have been serious consequences.
Mr Kanganja said officers were positioned at strategic points and that Mr Hichilema was not authorized to be on the road.
He said the UPND camp was initially given permission to proceed to Limulunga because the Presidential motorcade had not yet been signalled and was sure that the opposition entourage would have reached by then.
“The UPND camp was arrogant to be removed from the road because it is general knowledge that the Presidential motorcade takes precedent, the police would have reacted, but restrained themselves to avoid damaging the continued peace in the nation,” he said.
Mr Kanganja who denied receiving any directives to arrest the (UPND) with treason was testifying in a matter where he sued Chilufya Tayali for defamation, said sentiments by the ruling party’s deputy spokeswoman Mumbi Phiri that there was a lapse on the side of the police was not correct.
He said he was not preview why the window was opened and that he did not bother because he had limits in his line of duty.
And Magistrate Felix Kaoma has advised the defence lawyers to stick to matters of Mr Kanganja’s inefficiency during the Managua fracas and not going into the treason trial as was seen from the cross examination.
When asked who would be placed to know whether the President’s life was in charge or not, Mr Kanganja said the President would know better himself.
And when an alleged recording between him and State House spokesperson Amos Chanda was played, Mr Kanganja said the perceived recording was under intensive investigations.
He said he did not recognize any voice because anyone could have done that prior or after his a rest, but denied that the IG being referred to in the recording was not him.
He warned that those circulating the said video would be arrested, even if it was in the public domain and people need to be protected.
Mr Kanganja denied seeing the video, audio or reading any statements by Ms Phiri’s because he was not a fun of social media.
He said the statements by Ms Phiri were all hearsay and the defence lawyers should not allow him to speculate.
Lead defence lawyer Keith Mweemba insisted that Mr Kanganja should answer who opened the President’s window but the Court cautioned the lawyers to stick to the relevance of the case and facts.