Zambia’s human rights body on Wednesday expressed concern over the killing of two police officers by suspected criminals in the course of their duty.
Two police officers were killed by four suspected criminals in Ndola city on the Copperbelt province on Tuesday after they staged a daylight robbery and stole money from a local businessman.
The two police officers died during a shootout with the four suspected criminals while the police managed to kill two of the criminals.
The Human Rights Commission (HRC) said the act was criminal and a grave violation of the right to life of the deceased police officers.
“Police officers are law enforcement officers who tirelessly work to protect property and life of others on a daily basis under difficult and risky situations and must therefore be protected from any form of interference or harm during the course of their duty,” Mwelwa Muleya, the human rights body spokesperson said.
The human rights body has since called on the government to consider procuring bullet-proof jackets for police officers especially those working in sensitive operations such as anti-robbery squad in order to protect them from criminals.
Minister of Home Affairs Stephen Kampyongo has since warned that criminals will not have it easy as they have begun a battle they will regret later.
He said the police will not rest until the remaining criminals are brought to book. Enditem