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.