MWAPE MWENYA, Lusaka
FIRST Lady Esther Lungu has commended the police for their efforts in curbing crime and gender-based violence.
Mrs Lungu said despite alarming statistics of crime, especially in relation to GBV cases, the police are on course in maintaining law and order. She said this yesterday after touring the Zambia Police Service stand at the ongoing 91st Agricultural and Commercial Show held under the theme “Promoting a green economy through environmental protection communication”. Mrs Lungu, however, condemned the recent killings of women by their spouses and described the retrogressive trend as an assault to the declaration of Zambia as a Christian nation. “No one deserves to die and no problem is worth dying for. People should endeavour to live by biblical standards no matter the problems,” she said. She said every conflict has a solution and spouses should endeavour to resolve their differences amicably and avoid being violent. Mrs Lungu, who toured various stands, is also saddened by the increase in the number of road accidents. And road safety awareness assistant officer Bonny Namulele told Mrs Lungu that police are working tirelessly in maintaining law and order on the roads. “We use breathalysers on suspected drunk drivers, and if found wanting, we impound the vehicle and arrest the driver. Drink-driving is a very serious offence,” Mr Namulele said. According to statistics obtained by the Daily Mail on road traffic accidents from April to June this year, of the 7,252 road accidents recorded, 328 were fatal while 732 resulted in serious injuries.