- Lombe Chulu, a Zambian police officer, has been praised for being truthful and full of integrity whilst doing her job
- The officer reportedly turned down a R7 000 bribe from a rogue motorist who was attempting to buy their way out of punishment
- It was said a driver involved in illegal transactions tried bribing the officer when he was summoned for questioning
The world has become accustomed to stories of “dirty” cops who ask for bribes in exchange for leniency. Many have even experienced the corruption on the road or at police stations.
This makes it difficult for many Africans to have faith in the notion that there are members of the police service who take pride in upholding justice and the law.
Spokesperson for the Zambian police Esther Mwaata congratulated one of her colleagues after the morally upright officer declined to pocket a bribe to the value of R7000.
It was reported that a 49-year-old driver was accused of attempting to buy the said officer’s silence after being caught on the wrong side of the law.
The ordeal reportedly took place on December 1, 2020. The motorist, who was involved in an alleged illegal transaction, showed up to the Police Service Headquarters for questioning and tried to pay his way out of trouble.
The suspect sent cash through mobile money transfer and Lombe Chulu, the officer on duty that day, reported the issue to her superiors.
“Upon being summoned on December 1, 2020, to appear at Police Service Headquarters for questioning, the accused person is alleged to have transacted R7 000 to the officer identified as Inspector Lombe Chulu,” a statement from the police said.
The suspect was arrested a day later and is being detained as he awaits his day in court.
Briefly.co.za previously reported on another case of attempted bribery and a man being honoured for his honesty after refusing R100 million to compromise his integrity.
There are rewards for integrity and Dr Olufemi Lalude has been rewarded for being a man of integrity. Recall that the first managing director of Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCO) rejected a $6 million - which amounts to about R100 million - bribe that an organisation offered him.
Briefly.co.za gathers that the foundation conferred on Lalude its 2020 Leadership Award during the AAF 5th annual colloquium The foundation said the recognition of Lalude was in line with its core mandate, adding that he is a man of integrity.
The 81-year-old man was also praised by the foundation for refusing to be cowed when the organisation that offered him the bribe moved against him.
“Today, Papa at 81 is living a peaceful, joyous and fulfilled contented life. We are celebrating him today. He began his career with integrity as his legacy in mind."
According to the foundation, there are many good people in Nigeria who need to be celebrated so as to change the stereotypical perception of Nigerians as corrupt.
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