Esther Katongo
Esther Katongo

Constable Lennox Kapila was shot by his colleague for refusing to arrest a technician who was repairing his television set.

Zambia Police spokesperson Esther Katongo has explained that according to eye witnesses, Constable Kabasiya and his wife had a television set which needed to be repaired and later be sold.

She said the television set was taken to a named technician within Kaunda Square and after some days, the technician paid a deposit of K500 remaining with a balance but on 4th January,2019 at around 20:00 hours, the wife to Kabasiya went to Munali Police Post to have the technician arrested for failure to settle the balance.

Mrs. Katongo said Kabasiya’s wife found Constable Kapila on duty who advised her to take civil litigation because the matter was civil, but the woman insisted that the technician be arrested.

She said after constable Kapila stood his ground, Kabasiya’s wife left and a few minutes later, Constable Kabasiya appeared at Munali Police Post in uniform armed with an AK47 rifle and wanted to confirm if the technician was detained and he proceeded to check in the cells and in the Arrest and Prisoner’s Property Book where he did not find the name of the technician.

Mrs. Katongo said Constable Kabasiya pestered his colleague about the whereabouts of the technician after which he threatened to shoot him and he later fired the gun.

She said the suspect is still on the run and a manhunt has continued.

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52 COMMENTS

    • A loss of life due to lack of proper training for the men in uniform. That is the price of cadreism in recruitment. It’s only a matter of time before untold effects are seen in other sectors such as education, health etc.

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    • I want to remind the Zambia Correctional Services that Gladys Nyriongo former Minister of Lands has not yet served her jail term. She’s not even on the run we know where she stays.

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    • The solution is simple remove guns from these guys, see how effective traffic officers and Ratsa are and they don’t carry guns, go abroad to the UK and you will never see a cop with a gun unless he or she is in the Swat, Anti terror or Anto robbery. Only allow Anti Robbery and Anti terror units to carry guns, no ordinary Police officer should carry guns for what so that they can intimidate people or commit suicide by shooting themselves? Our cops have shown so many times that they are not level minded and are not fit to hold fire arms.

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    • Zambian PF women with their “I will make your life difficult!”. Honest employees will be wiped out.
      Thank God this time there is no video taken. Maybe it’s there.

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    • Consequences of the police curriculum focused mostly on inhumanly handling of the members of the opposition parties, very little for their personality development, behaviour and image in public, national values and self-restraint when under pressure.

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    • She said the television set was taken to a named technician within Kaunda Square and after some days, the technician paid a deposit of K500 remaining with a balance but on 4th January,2019 at around 20:00 hours, the wife to Kabasiya went to Munali Police Post to have the technician arrested for failure to settle the balance.

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    • Any other proper govt would have undertaken extensive reforms of our rotten Police Service …if a cop can shoot another cop for refusing to arrest someone regarding a ‘civil matter’ what chance does Joe Public have who has no connections. This is why people are killed in custody.
      This is why I was shocked when someone told me that he was involved in a non fault accident when he reported the matter to the police station..the tables turned against him as the third party was connected.

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    • PFoools Police, full of cadres, where a wife can dish out orders and they say they need to investigate first or rather check the PF register if he is a cadre then decide what the course of action will be

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  1. Barbaric officer killing a friend over a TV that does not even work. This constable should be shot dead also including his wife. This is the worst couple under the sun.

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  2. He thinks he is free by running away. Not with blood of a person created in the image of God. The blood speaks for vengeance. You can run but you cannot hide. He will even be running from his own shadow. He is a fugitive because of his own stupidity. That is why police service should send some of these cops for anger management courses. Cops, the only language they know, most of them, is to beat innocent people. I remember, I was on the ATM queue. And a cop just came in front by passing everyone on the queue. I asked him the rationale behind. He insulted me like no ones business. I was scared because the man had a gun. If I continued arguing with him, he would have shot me. The problem with cops is that they think they are above everyone.Hence the name bwana.

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    • The attitude he exhibited is drawn from the Kaunda era, that any man in uniform should not stand in a que. We used to witness this crap when queening up for commodities at Mwaiseni stores where soldiers, nurses, police etc as long as they were in uniform would go straight in without queening

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  3. Thanks for giving us those details Ester K. The police command shud discipline such officers.

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  4. I want to remind the Zambia Correctional Services that Gladys Nyriongo former Minister of Lands has not yet served her jail term. Media houses are sleeping
    @HOT877Zambia

    @rphoenixnews

    @lusakatimes

    @PaulShalalaZNBC

    #JusticeforAll

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    • Ba Kudos, we also know you have not been detained and charged with espionage and fraud together with Serviour Chungu who is still alive. We know who and where you are masquerading as usual to remain undetected. Umulandu ta ubola. At the right time and changed regime jail will be your home.

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  5. When my Tv stops working I throw it away. This couple must be t.0nga, they are stingy they can even try to repair a bent needle!!

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  6. Comment:He must die Because it’s his duty to get back his Tv .Ha afterraw it’s broken tv ata .The one who will spare their like is a big devil.

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  7. This story is confusing. Why is the technician paying a deposit to fix their TV? Is it just bad journalism by Lusaka-times? Why is the wife collecting the balance on the bill?

    “the technician paid a deposit of K500 remaining with a balance but on 4th January,2019 at around 20:00 hours, the wife to Kabasiya went to Munali Police Post to have the technician arrested for failure to settle the balance.”

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  8. These are not professional policemen but PF Cadres planted into the Police force! Someone cant distinguish the difference between a civil and criminal case! They have had no formal training and they are just PF Cadres. That is why they are fighting each other – no direction at all. The best thing to do is shoot that bastard wherever it is found!

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  9. You wanted to impress your wife that you were a caring husband.Now ,you are on the run and since she likes money another man will marry her while you suffer in jail.Marriages have mutual understandings but if you have different views about something it doesn’t mean that there is no love

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  10. Wajimona, lam Tonga but I love you because you were created in the image of God, however there is no such a name in Tonga and so your comment just shows how you hate us Tonga’s.

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  11. I see some shabbily dressed guards carrying guns at Chinese shops – I wonder whether these people are well-trained in weapons handling or simply a disaster in waiting.

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  12. These women also go to far. This mentality that has set in police is dangerous. They can shoot at opposition party cadres, shoot at students, nobody complains. Now they have started shooting at each other. The state must pay millions to the deceased’s family. I hope this dangerous police officer will shoot himself to death.

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  13. I get a sickening feeling there is more to this story given the goings on in Zed these days.
    Wife goes to Police station , meets a Police Officer, husband also a Police Officer follows later, guns down the Officer she met ?? I doubt this is about a faulty TV, which the husband could have pursued directly with his AK

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  14. if a learned journalist cant do proper reporting on this….what of a grade 12 failure cop, what do you think he would do in that situation? kulasa Paw Paw Paw….couldnt interpret the situation. ????

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  15. Most of the new Policewomen can’t read or write even their own languages such as Tonga effectively. Something seriously flawed in their recruitment. Preparing a simple occurrence report for the least RTA such as a fender bender takes them two hours. Tell them the colour of the car is beige or cyan – phew, 15 minutes dictating to them those words. Even their typical description of the direction – from North to South or West to East is miss-pelt to insult like words.

    Now put an AK47 into the hands of such nincompoops – my!! Ask Garry Nkombo, he is lucky that Bwana was so zo zoed to pull the trigger.

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  16. The technician who was to repair this tv paid a deposit of k500,for what,the story is not very comprehensive,the motive for this shooting is suspicious,could there ve been something fish between the wife and the other cop or the wife and the technician,let justice prevail.

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  17. From the onset of the story I knew a woman was involved in it somehow…..most women are wicked, they are haunted, and mainly they don’t think…..especially those so low at that level…..she caused the mayhem and makes her kids suffer over a useless tv set…people actually fix items nowadays….kaya…???but I bet she’s that type with yellow/pinkish skin and she’s a wicked stepmother to the kids coz men can do and prove anything for such women in their lives……kaya ngati bazuna bwangi….

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  18. The wife told Kabasiya that “if the technician does not sleep in the cells tonight, you will never sleep with me again”.

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  19. Now this is reflection on why the police service cannot thrive. The police is filled with 12th Grades and does not understand the precepts of basic law. The police service should be replaced with law degree holders, a complete overhaul where current police officers should turn in their weapons and senior offices arrested.

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    • what is needed is when recruiting applicants who have a certificate or diploma in Law should be given preference, you will see how the people will appreciate the police service after five years. Things can change for the better.
      30 years ago the defense forces such as ZAF, ZNS AND Zambia Army were despised for they being associated with grade 9 and 7 failures. Look at ZAF today they only recruit grade 12s with 6points up to 11points and also recruit professionals. Everybody wants to join ZAF. The police can also change the criteria for recruiting and only recruit the best.

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  20. THE WIFE IS TO BLAME RELATIVES OF THE ACCUSED DON’T LET HER FREE SHE THE COUSER CAGE HER TO US MEN WE SHOULD NOT BE FOOLED BY THESE FOOLISH WIVES LOOK WHAT HAS HAPPENED YOU ARE NOT A FREE MAN YOU BE RUNNING FROM END TO END BUT PEOPLE SAY YOU CAN RUN BUT YOU CAN’T HIDE CHULE

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  21. What’s the reward? Put a bounty on his head, temupeze fast.
    I would like to this opportunity to ask the govt of Zambia to allow citizens be registered as bounty hunters, this way perpetrators of such heinous crimes can caught or killed fast enough.
    I already have a business idea to form a civilian assault squad.

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  22. In Europe these old TV’s and Carpets are often thrown outside some flats when the owners gets new ones. I remember picking some nice carpets when I was studying there long time ago. Now here people kill each other over a simple TV set. Umphawi ndiye ulengesa. Abasungu batila ati poverty.

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  23. Comment:even a TV repair so called technician should be brought to book because he is the causer of this, without him this wouldn’t have happened.

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  24. in the first instance the bitch to a killer should be arrested for causing that confusion leads to death. she is a very stupid woman.

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