Daily Mail's Chimwemwe Mwale has a rather poorly written article on the Police Public Complaints Authority (PPCA). It is certainly helpful in bringing to light that such an organisation exists, but woefully concludes :
The operations of the PPCA are testimony of government's commitment to upholding the tenets of democracy and good governance as evidenced in its efforts to balance the judicial scale for both police officers and members of the public. It has also been seemingly a big relief to Zambians that the price of democracy paid in full has made it possible for the police to be policed!
Let us help Mr Mwale see the bigger picture so that next time he can do some proper articles! For those not in the know, the PPCA was established in 2003 with the power to investigate complaints from the public against the police as well as injuries or deaths in police custody. [Its website can be found here ] The PPCA submits its findings and recommendations to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), IGP and ACC. It is practically toothless as an oversight mechanism for providing checks and balances. It is in theory meant to act as deterrent to abuse of police power and violation of people's rights. But it does not have the powers to do any of that.[view whole blog post ]