HOME Affairs Minister, Stephen Kampyongo has warned of stern action against police officers and unscrupulous individuals reaping money from people on the pretext that they would facilitate their recruitment in the service.
Mr Kampyongo said there was a perception by citizens who felt that they could only manage to join the police service by using individuals or offering a bribe.
Mr Kampyongo said this in Parliament yesterday; in a ministerial statement on the on-going recruitment exercise of police Constables whose target is 1,000 recruits.
“Yes indeed there is a perception by citizens that they can only manage to join the police service by using individuals or by paying. Mr Speaker, we have been talking about the culture of bringing down corruption in our public institutions and the police service.
“I implore citizens not to be duped through social media or phone calls and not to entertain these scammers. Whether police officers or individuals they will be dealt with if caught,” Mr Kampyongo said.
In a follow-up question, Patriotic Front (PF) Kabwe Central Member of Parliament Tutwa Ngulube said there were people who claimed to have direct links to the police recruitment exercise.
Mr Ngulube said the questionable characters included suspected police officers and unscrupulous individuals who demanded K 1,000 from the recruits as a form of gratification to help them find employment using social media.
Mr Ngulube said such police officers were doing a disservice and needed to be exposed to deter would be offenders.
And Leader of the Opposition Jack Mwiimbu said all provinces should be represented in the recruitment exercise.