State House police takeover private lodge in Luangwa, refuse to pay

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campAbout 30 armed paramilitary police have invaded a private lodge in Luangwa and taken over by force bathing and toilet facilities.

The paramilitary are part of the security for President Michael Sata who is expected in Luangwa on Saturday to launch the construction of Luangwa Bridge – Feira Road project.

But his excited policemen in the proper UNIP or communist style have just moved into a lodge called  Bridge Camp and started using facilities.

The other guests who have paid are scared and intimidated by the heavy presence of armed policemen who have just taken over the lodge.

image 2‘We have a number of guests from the Road Development Agency staying with us in preparation for the Ground Breaking Ceremony for the start of upgrading Feira Road to a tar surface. The President is supposed to be attending the ceremony on Saturday 30th March for the ceremony. We also have tourists staying there’, explained Lindsay van den Berg, the lodge owner.

The owners of the lodge were in Lusaka some 230 kilometres away when the police took over their premises but the man had to drive at night to go and see what is happening.

‘Currently we are in Lusaka organising food for the cocktail party for the VIP’s at this event and husband has been called back by our Manager because between 20 – 30 paramilitary armed security police have just now taken over the whole site and refused to register with our Manager or pay for the use of our facilities (e.g. toilets and showers). How can the police take over a private lodge and campsite without making a reservation or registering or paying like every other guest does?, said Lindsay. My husband, Will, has to now drive 3 hours back to the lodge – in the middle of the night – because of this invasion,’

The lodge owners are worried and confused.

‘Has Zambia suddenly become a police state this evening???

‘Our clients and staff are intimidated and obviously feel threatened by armed police over-running the whole site.

‘What is happening to this country?’ They complained.

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46 Responses to State House police takeover private lodge in Luangwa, refuse to pay

  1. What has happened at this private lodge is not surprising. ZAF and Zambia army have been occupying private
    Property in lusaka and elsewhere in the country without paying rentals. This is the anarchy by Satan that CHANDA Chimba talked about. I need the services of a lawyer to help me recover K50 million in unpaid rentals from ZAF. I believe there must be many other Zambians and none Zambians alike who find themselves abused in this way by the state.

    Landlord - March 29, 2013
    17:30

  2. yaba nzelu zaupuba..

    Ngilingindo - March 29, 2013
    13:06

  3. If the whole lot of a President can go to an extent of destroying individual bank accounts, what do u expect from his boys. This is simply a warning to Zambians.

    1 Land and 1 Nation is our cry - March 29, 2013
    11:56

  4. That’s not good and it’s sounds strange!

    emms - March 29, 2013
    09:55

  5. Surprised.

    Concord - March 29, 2013
    08:46

  6. in unip police and army were very displined iam sure they are waiting for kk to fish another file from his old work and give the presdo and ig on how the police are supposed to behave. mwebantu we are in trouble lack of education

    blackbull - March 29, 2013
    07:21

  7. They take after their (re)tired former workmate.

    mk - March 29, 2013
    07:02

  8. Its not taking over by force. Its only that the place has been considered suitable for the presidential entourage and the government always pays for such services. LET’S NOT SEE EVIL EVEN WHERE NONE EXISTS

    KAMBILO - March 29, 2013
    06:32

    • This is private business property. You don’t just enter willy nilly. You pay before hand or a purchase order is raised which in itself a promise to pay.That’s how business is done or should be done. This is not about government but the proprietors way of doing business.

      jute - March 29, 2013
      08:11

    • LOL

      lost for words - March 29, 2013
      08:14

    • You are wise,these fool are useless when writing these stories,i live in luangwa there is nothing like that,they even quote themselves

      believer 7 - March 29, 2013
      08:32

    • Is there a procedure of securing a lodge for the President? Please educate me and take my question seriouly. Thank you

      The Servant - March 29, 2013
      10:18

  9. They are on duty leav them alone.let the President launch the road.watchdog give credit were its due.The govt is so rich and cannot fail 2 pay for such bills.

    Umubemba - March 29, 2013
    06:08

  10. tiyeni nayo, RB, MMD said it. So don’t complain this is just 2013 mind you!

    Boko Haram - March 29, 2013
    06:03

  11. Zambia Pfolice chaps are truly an embarrassing lot. Soldiers sure very well groomed during training manje babuju bachita fulu banabanyela kumatako by their mother Libonganya.

    Ku Masangalatoni--Lekeni HH ateke - March 29, 2013
    05:14

  12. They thought the logde belongs to HH

    Mr Kiss - March 29, 2013
    04:37

  13. This is not true imwe ba mumbwe. Show us a clip or pictures u idiots you pee en dee!!the editor of this crap is very dull and suffering from verbal diarrhea.

    Tonga Bull - March 29, 2013
    04:21

  14. The IG of Zambia Police pls control your unruly advance party in Feira.That is a private property and does not belong to Bujus or Zambia police.Let us avoid unnecessary litigations.The owner may sue govt for loss of business.I rest my case.

    The Eyes of an Eagle up in the sky. - March 29, 2013
    04:15

  15. This isn’t funny any more. I mean entering a private premises uninvited, harassing other guests, refusing to pay for use of facilities or goods at a business premises. Well at least four offences:

    1. Breaking and entering.
    2. Assault and threatening behaviour.
    3. Disturbing the peace.
    4. Theft.

    This is policemen committing these crimes – in other words those charged with defending the law and the peace.

    Is there anything that is sacred about the Rule of Law in Zambia any more ?

    Fougarcon - March 29, 2013
    04:08

    • YOU are a dull chap who cannot read between the lines.the lodge is one of the best to accommodate the VIP and you want to politicize.the editor should report the actual happenings in luangwa and let people make their informed decision.

      kokoliko - March 29, 2013
      06:52

      • Didn’t speak to the point dickhead. Whether or not the lodge is in a good location is not the issue. It’s the fact that people who are supposed to be upholding the law and protecting private property are busy doing the exact opposite. Based on your comment, I actually think it is you that has deficiencies in the IQ department and need help.

        Fougarcon - March 29, 2013
        14:45

  16. ‘What is happening to this country?’
    YOU CAN ASK THAT QUESTION AGAIN AND AGAIN…

    GORE RA RE KUSIGIRA E MASIMBA A VANHU - March 29, 2013
    03:35

  17. Good for investor confidence according to PF ,they see nothing wrong in their stupid actions.They are jealous of anyone making money in honest manner.Satan and his thugs are used to this kind of things ,nothing new with him,he’s the master of thuggery.

    Ba kolwe - March 29, 2013
    00:48

  18. Zambians. just reap the fruits of your sowing. its payback time. you planted in 2011. you shall surely continue reaping unto death. and in death there is no realization of your wrongs because the dead do not know anything. the dead are asleep. just remain asleep.

    foolish zambian - March 28, 2013
    23:44

  19. you see now why pf is just a group of thugs put in by dull idiots that would even put a single vote for these black animals

    riddick - March 28, 2013
    23:00

    • Black??? This has racist overtones. Why not just say ‘animals’? This is verbiage one does not expect in a predominantly Black Country.

      Makes sense - March 29, 2013
      01:07

    • U shud be a white idiot!!!!!!!!!

      malete ya mulena - March 29, 2013
      07:17

  20. Going forward any development such as construction of roads and bridges, hospital, schools, etc should a normal obligation for any government to do and not foolish politics. The resources for such investments is my tax and i should not be subjected to dancing when seeing my money work. Why should i be paraded in the sun waiting for a president and ministers who begged for my vote to come tell that we are now spending your money on your behalf and therefore you should thank us, shame.
    Volcanologist

  21. And wen we say that its a police state u refuse u idiots

    J M - March 28, 2013
    22:58

  22. I SUSPECT VP GUY SCOTT WILL OFFICIATE AND WILL BE THE ONE TO GO TO CHINA.

    THIS IS STAGE MANAGED. THERE HAS BEEN TOO MUCH PUBLICITY THAT MCS WILL BE IN FEIRA. THE PLAN IS IF HE DOES NOT SHOW UP, THEN THEY WILL JUSTIFY THEIR PLAN FOR MCS TO STEP DOWN INTO FULL GEAR. BY THAT TIME, HH IS FACING COURT CASE, RB FACING COURT CASE, NEVERS CLEARED BUT NEXT COURT HEARING ON HIS CASE 3RD JUNE.

    ONLY GOD AND HIS ANGELS CAN HELP US.

    MWAIONA IYO? LET’S WAIT AND SEE.

    katongo nsambe - March 28, 2013
    22:57

  23. Does the lodge have an ambulance to carry our….

  24. This is the change u cried for.

  25. I am glad to know that all the one that voted PF into power are the ones really suffering in todays Zambia!!!!!!

    zedian - March 28, 2013
    22:41

  26. If American soldiers can take over and thro bombs on foreign land y not for our servicemen?

    Sup - March 28, 2013
    22:31

    • Shut up you idiot. Stop embarrassing us.

      tefyo tefyo - March 28, 2013
      22:45

    • Just continue drinking your Msanza opaque beer!
      Kaponya iwe!

      Mubanga - March 28, 2013
      22:54

    • calling you a useful idiot would be a compliment! u are a useless idiot!! fucking dickhead!!!

      chikwe - March 28, 2013
      23:03

    • So to you anything that America does is to be emulated? Muzungu worshipper!

      Makes sense - March 29, 2013
      01:11

    • To call you “useful” it will be compliment to your inborn lack of positive IQ. Therefore, simply IDIOT.

      lost for words - March 29, 2013
      08:17

  27. Land is for government.u can not compromise government duties.let em us yo facilities

    Sup - March 28, 2013
    22:28

    • And herein lies the problem…..Zambians do not understand the role of government, and much less the rights of the citizenry.

      Makes sense - March 29, 2013
      01:14

    • How I wish they could take over your bathroom and toilet without getting permission from you. If such a thing would happen to you, I would be interested to read your comment on this website!

      chishimba - March 29, 2013
      14:35

  28. If this is true, it’s is indeed unacceptable. What an uncivilized way of doing things by the current Govt? May God save my country – Zambia. This is sad! PF is surely a disaster. We are learning the hard way.

    Kachepa Zulu - March 28, 2013
    22:25

  29. This is not a country anymore. A stupid old rascal is in state house

    Mukupa - March 28, 2013
    22:22

  30. Going forward any development such as construction of roads and bridges, hospital, schools, etc should a normal obligation for any government to do and not foolish politics. The resources for such investments is my tax and i should not be subjected to dancing when seeing my money work. Why should i be paraded in the sun waiting for a president and ministers who begged for my vote to come tell that we are now spending your money on your behalf and therefore you should thank us, shame.

    Volcanologist - March 28, 2013
    22:15