The Zambian Police on Tuesday expressed shock over the public reactions to the appointment of some Chinese nationals as reserves in the police.
The decision to appoint eight Chinese nationals as senior reserves has raised some questions why foreigners could be entrusted with the country’s security.
But police spokesperson Esther Mwaata-Katongo said this was not the first time the police was appointing foreigners as reserves.
“We had Indians who were police reserves and people were okay with it. Why should the Chinese be discriminated on race? The law does not segregate on race,” she said.
According to her, the appointment was backed by the Zambia Police Reserve Act, which provides for reserves to assist the regular police in maintaining law and order.
She added that all people engaged to operate in the reserve wring undergo a screening process.
The police spokesperson said the police had decided to rescind the decision to appoint the Chinese after consultations.
Speaking when officially welcoming the Chinese nationals on Monday, police chief Kakoma Kanganja underscored the importance of the police reserve in helping keep law and order in the country.
He said there was currently a disparity in the police-population ratio in Zambia, with one police officer attending to 750 people, compared with the international standard ratio of one police officer to 250 people.
Zhang Jian, president of the Zambia Chinese Association, had promised that the Chinese reserve police officers will work within the law to create a peaceful and safe business environment. Enditem