OF­FI­CER’S ‘CIVILIAN’ BURIAL SHOCKS COPS

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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.

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