Copperbelt Cops Vow To Continue Taking Bribes From JERABOS

Copperbelt Cops Vow To Continue Taking Bribes From JERABOS

SOME police officers on the Copperbelt have vowed to continue receiving bribes and working with illegal copper dealers until the government starts giving them good salaries.

But home affairs minister Edgar Lungu says it is unacceptable for police officers to engage in corruption because of low salaries.

Police officers are demanding for better salaries
Irate officers in Ndola said the government should forget about fighting corruption in the police service if they kept paying police officers meagre salaries.

“Even after coming into power, the PF government who promised us heaven on earth have abandoned us. The PF politicians promised to better our salaries once in power and we massively voted for them. But they have refused to better our conditions of services,” said one of the officers.

“The fight against corruption is meaningless if the government will continue giving us bad salaries. We will continue working with jerabos, because they give us a lot of money. The jerabos are considerate and we will continue working with them. They put bread and butter on our tables.”

The officers said they did not want to engage in corrupt activities but that circumstances forced them to receive bribes.
They said corruption in the police service would have been removed if the officers were getting decent salaries.

“Everyone in the police service is connected. We have people we do favours for who give us money. Our salaries are so little that they cannot even buy groceries for our houses. It is not only junior officers who are involved, even senior officers receive bribes. The bribes we get help us in our day-to-day lives,” said one officer proudly.

But Lungu said the meagre salaries in the police service should not be used as justification for wrongdoing.

“As the government, we are aware of the low salaries that police officers are getting and we are working on that. We know they don’t have a union and we are really working on their salaries, but this should not justify why they should engage in corrupt activities. Whoever will be found will be arrested,” he warned.

Lungu, however, called on police officers to be patient as the government was working on improving their salaries.

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28 Responses to "Copperbelt Cops Vow To Continue Taking Bribes From JERABOS"

  1. Tupac   October 1, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    In Movement 4 Mad Dogs cops used get k800,000 and in Plan Forward are getting k200,000 and you call that low salary?Chikala chanoko tombawiso malape yobe get a life mathafacka.Mwntion the names of those bustards who vowed to continue doing that.

  2. Dorika   October 1, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Zooona insele

  3. Tupac   October 1, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    In Movement 4 Mad Dogs cops used get k800,000 and in Plan Forward are getting k200,000 and you call that low salary?Chikala chanoko tombawiso malape yobe get a life mathafacka.Mwntion the names of those bustards who vowed to continue doing that.Or sorry 2million kwacha,hangova ni monday.

  4. Debs   October 1, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Pipo can we consel this beloved frend @tupac,man i respect yo freedom bt lets post educative content coz i beliv our children log on this site to learn from ur valid contributions,police officers dnt rent& pay fo water ,eletricity

  5. hot chic   October 1, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    @Debs not all police officers are accomodated in the police camps. Some just rent houses and pay water and electricity bills.

  6. Debs   October 1, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    I mean police officers stay p/camps as compared to other civil servants ,fo them to claim fo huge salaries abov the gazetted public service salaries then they ar nt being realistic coz as fo govt nw mst of ts workers can smile wen pf came into power,the chaps are jst corrupt bt mind u once found wnting u ar in fo t so better learn to liv withn yo means & understnd yo job ts community service which call fo alot of sacrifice & dedication as an individual i end ladies/gentlemen

  7. kulazeka Harold   October 1, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    its worrying that the police could sink so low as to defy their police standing orders and embarass their government like they did. Let investigations be instituted and let these men and women answer to charges. Its only in Zambia where we have police officers openly declaring that they are corrupt and will continue as long as the sun remains 🙁

  8. Voltron   October 1, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Uwakalema takaleka. evn if money is increased to these burgers, they wil stil get money by bribe from people.So leave them like that.LElo mwalanda nopomwavotele bamambala eeeeeeeeee. Ndamichila na neubomba TAXI.

  9. Debs   October 1, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    @hot chic u ar rit bt majority ar acomodated with free social amenties provided to them including transport , where i rest my argument is tht geting low salaries canot be a pre-requisite fo this c/b officers to be bold & proud announcng in public neva to stop being corupt, jst lik teachers cnt go public anouncing to continue seling exam leakage & molesting pupils coz of a salary factor civil service jobs ar a noble profession coz we work fo the people

  10. Sillyman Jelly   October 1, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    If you look carefully at the picture you will agree with me that the difference between their drill Sergeant and the lads formed up behind him is “large literally!” Cops anywhere in the world even in USA do not get a lot of money but their conditions like risk allowance, courses and operations such as UN, entitle them to a better life unlike our own whose small salary is also subject to so much tax. I feel for these guys.

  11. Tau   October 1, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Corruption in the police force will never end,these people are used to abusing the power and influence,low salary is not an excuse for corruption,please well meaning Zambian let us stop corruption by reporting it to relevant authorities,do not report to police as they have openly made themselves an illerevant authority.I do sympthise with them but they should not engage in bad practice.My police officer tenant has failed to pay rental now for 3 months,when I ask him he just stammers.

  12. saka   October 1, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Please transfer some of these police officers to other provinces….Ba I.G am sure namubelenga what was said.

  13. rudfoxx   October 1, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    mmmm tupac you are realy tupac.

  14. mweemba   October 1, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    @ saka is transferring police officers a solution to that problem ? de ans is let us face challeges facing our cops find lasting solutions to them it is also morally en professionally wrong 4 a real trained cop to declare publicly en thru de media that he or she ll foster en embrace corrupt practices thats criminal en if caught wanting de law teks its course accordingly i think its a question of employing a sense of patience by our diligent cops our govrnment isnt blind its doing everything posible to improve their conditions of service jst gv them ample time to rebuild de country which was maliciously dismantled by de former govrnment.

  15. sniper the philosopher   October 1, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Iwe ka tupac when are you going to speak sense for the first time in your life?Learn to speak in a more logical way not just posting insults on these critical issues affecting our beloved nation.

  16. Eyes that see   October 1, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    On that photo the police really look emaciated. The fat guy in front looks like he is responsible for the sufferings of those marching behind him. I suspect the malnourished ones are recruits who haven’t yet got the chance of corruption

  17. Mwanamfumu   October 1, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    @Tupac,tekanya boi. Ok bonse nachitukalipa but kuteka ibolo panshi chikala,watukana sana kembo…
    Tumfweko give the names of those corrupt cops we sort them out!!

  18. panyo   October 2, 2012 at 2:45 am

    tupac chikala ,chikala chanoko waba ubwamba ubunono bunda bwamaso.slunyoko bring some sence here

  19. Shameless   October 2, 2012 at 3:24 am

    I think the cop said this as a way of attracting government attention. It might be wrong a method but it’s more catching.
    Being a cop doesn’t make one seize being a member of the larger society. Cops have children and extended family members to look after ane their only way is through a salary. What can one do with a 2m? Government needs to do something quickly.

  20. Faulf Finder   October 2, 2012 at 6:30 am

    As a scribe I can tell that this story contains some cooked stuff. The complaints and Edgar Lungu’s response are true, but the officers’ quotations are the author’s.

  21. Roga Roga   October 2, 2012 at 6:46 am

    @ tupac,wat kind of a human being r u?pliz repent coz thoz insults my bro r jst 2 big.mind u police officers dnt hve a union 2 speak 4 dem so let dem use thez channels 2 air out their grievances.

  22. kanda Mbuzi   October 2, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Tumfweko,i am sure you have the ability to publish, discard or with hold such insults,anything silly should be with held or else one day you gonna be taken to task over these insults,watch out.

  23. OK Chapwa   October 2, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Bene Tupac we understand that muli pa Medication but Mwachita over

  24. kawez boys   October 2, 2012 at 8:21 pm


  25. MANLOOK   October 2, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    bafikala mulatukana sana talk sense things

  26. Debs   October 3, 2012 at 7:28 am

    Hop all cops in general shud now behave govt is building 10,000 houses for them@ hot chic nw u see wat i talked about hw the govt cares fo thez men/women in uniform

  27. mm   November 21, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    @kunda Mbuzi

    u are right, one day Tumfweko this pf will be in power till sundown, one day am sure and very soon, we shall be singing anothr song, the way things are going, there dull sight, wait and see.

  28. Prof. GANIZANI   December 5, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Akusenden basakalanyongo!!!! Lesafye umwine ee akatu afwilisha ukumikanda mukamona. Bapompwe !!!!……