Petauke United official sues cop, Attorney General
By CHINTU MALAMBO AN EXECUTIVE member of Petauke United Football Club has sued a police officer at the local police station and the Attorney General for contempt and false imprisonment.
In a statement of claim filed in the Lusaka High Court, Mr Samson Zulu claims that Constable Zimba, the agent of the Attorney General unlawfully arrested him on charges of conduct likely to cause breach of peace.
Mr Zulu says that while in Petauke, as the executive member of the Football club, he was given the responsibility to pay two police officers helping with the club’s activities.
He says constable Zimba who was not a member of the executive surprisingly demanded to be paid as well and included as the third police officer to be paid.
Mr Zulu says that he liaised with the coach who also confirmed that he was supposed to pay two police officers only.
It was at this point that constable Zimba followed him in the ground where he started insulting him and even pepper sprayed him in the process.
When he explained the issue to the officer in charge, no effort was made to control the situation.
“I was surprised that constable Zimba followed me in the ground and started insulting me, before I knew it, I was pepper sprayed. I tried to complain to the officer in charge over the same matter as advised by his fellow police officers but to no avail,” he said.
He further said that constable Zimba pinned him down and in the process, he lost K34, 000 even after he tried to reason with him.
Mr Zulu claimed that he was treated with odium and contempt in the eyes of the public and that Constable Zimba inflicted bodily restraint on him without any lawful justification.
He added that he was made to pay K50 to be out of the cells without apparent reason.
Mr Zulu, however said that in the interest of peace law and order, he was seeking the courts indulgence of the matter
He is further demanding exemplary damages and any other relief that the court may deem fit.