The Family of slain Zambia Air Force Flight Sergeant Mark Nchimunya Choongwa has vowed not to rest until justice prevails.
Sergeant Choongwa who died over the weekend was laid to rest on Wednesday at Leopards Hill Memorial Park after a solemn send-off Church service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross attended by hundreds of people.
He died whilst in police custody at Woodlands Police but the Police Command has heaped the blame on detainees claiming they beat him up after he became unruly.
Police also attempted to falsify documents to show that he died in a road accident but the family became after discovering that the vehicle he was driving on the fateful but minimal damage.
The police later change its position and wrote another document which showed intense beating as the cause of death.
Brother to the deceased Reverend Chilala Choongwa told Reporters at Leopards Hill Memorial Park that the family is determined to get to the bottom of the matter.
Reverend Choongwa also revealed that preliminary findings from the post-mortem shows that his younger brother sustained a broken spin and bled profusely from the spine which led to his death.
He said it is clear that Sergeant Choongwa was beaten using Sjamboks or very sharp object.
And speaking at the Church service at Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Cross which was attended by ZAF Acting Deputy Commander Brigadier General Kapotwe Chintu, Warrant Officer Reverend Wigan Mwape says the Air Force’s resistance to revenge Sergeant Choongwa’s death is not a sign of weakness but maturity, respect for God, rule of law and human rights.
Reverend Mwape, in his sermon said life was a sanctity that needed to be protected.
“Our resistance to revenge flight sergeant Choongwa’s death is not a sign of weakness but a sign of maturity, respect of God, rule of law and human rights. Therefore, I concur with the Head of State that we appeal to powers that be to bring the perpetrators of this heinous act to book without fear or favour,” Rev Mwape said.
“His death may sound like there is a misunderstanding between our colleagues (Zambia Police) and us but we have a very good working relationship. But in each service and in every community, there are always wrong seeds. I’m therefore confident that God, who never slumbers, will deal with culprits where the long arm of the law fails to reach.”
Reverend Choongwa says his brother’s soul will not rest until justice is meted on the person who took his life.
And Acting Deputy Air Force Commander Brigadier General Kapotwe Chintu has appealed to the family to remain calm and allow the law to take its course.
Brigadier General Chintu says there is need to be patient and allow the law to be exhausted in order for justice to be attained concerning the death of Flight Sergeant Choongwa.
Meanwhile, Military sources have revealed that ZAF personnel are angered by the killing of Sergeant Choongwa.
“It’s only that military personnel are not allowed to speak to the media, otherwise we have information on the people behind the killing of our colleague. People in our circle are angry,” the sources said.
“We know that police officers were planning to write a report purporting that he was involved in a road accident. But the Air Force insisted that the post-mortem be done at Maina Soko Military Hospital instead of the University Teaching Hospital. The post-mortem was done at Maina Soko and it was found that he was beaten with Sjamboks.”
Flight Sergeant Choongwa, 34 is survived by a wife, Esther, and two daughters.