By NAMO PHIRI                                                                                          

THE silence of human rights institutions and halfhearted attempts by police at solving criminal matters involving opposition leaders are a danger signal to Zambians who should brace for massive abuse of authority if opposition gain power, the Zambian DNA has said.

Zambian DNA spokesperson, Spuki Mulemwa wondered why institutions such as the Amnesty International Zambia and the Human Rights Commission (HRC) which were supposed to champion access to justice for all were silent on the missing Hatembos and the issues they raised, the torching of vehicles in Mandevu and looting by UPND cadres, and the beating up of innocent citizens.

Mr Mulemwa also wondered what would happen to cases under investigation if there was regime change with high levels of infiltration in the police service.

He warned that innocent citizens would suffer and be subjected to torture, ill-treatment and unnecessarily arrests if paymasters for corrupt police officers were given at opportunity to govern.

Mr Mulemwa said the infiltration of the police risked plunging the nation in chaos as police officers would be given a leeway to abuse their powers.

“Concerns of the Hatembo family have been ignored and halfhearted investigations have become the order of the day while Amnesty International and HRC are quiet. This is proof that there many forces working against the state,” he said.

Mr Mulemwa said police officers with questionable interests would be given more power to break the law with impunity in the unlikely event there was regime change.

He said Zambia’s highly infiltrated police coupled with compromised institutions pose a real danger to innocent citizens and rule of law in the unlikely event of regime change

And Police have instituted investigations in the leaking of confidential documents by some unscrupulous law enforcement officers suspected to be working with the opposition.

Police Spokesperson, Esther Katongo, said investigations had been instituted to find out who could have leaked the documents.

Ms Katongo said police officers who release information that was not supposed to be for public consumption were a danger to the service.

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