OFFICER’S ‘CIVILIAN’ BURIAL SHOCKS COPS
By ANDREW MUKOMA THE reserve police wing in Livingstone has expressed shock at the failure by the Zambia Police Service to honour late Deputy Division Reserve Commandant Harold Mainza.
Mr. Mainza died in Livingstone on Saturday last week and was put to rest on Tuesday morning.
But his send off has shocked most of the officers both from the main service and those he was leading.
According to sources within the Police Service, the reserve police officers were expecting a normal send off, where a gun salute is drilled with a flag covering his coffin being given to his wife. One of the officers who sought anonymity said that Mr. Mainza deserved a normal send off and not what happened.
"That man contributed a lot to the police service and to this nation when it came to providing security. He was a senior officer that is why he held the position of Deputy Reserve Division Commandant," the officers.
"At least a gun salute would have gone a long way. It does not motivate those that have remained and we felt bad," said the officer.
The reserve police officers have since asked for a clarification from higher authorities as to whether what happened was a norm in the police service.