Minister of Home Affairs Stephen Kampyongo says government has launched an investigation into circumstances that led to the shooting of Constable Lennox Kapila, a 26-year-old Lusaka Police officer by his colleague after an altercation.
Constable Kapila of Munali Police Post was shot by Constable Edwin Kabasiya of Meanwood Kwamwena around 21 hours on Friday last week and died yesterday between 09 and 10 hours after being admitted to the Levy Mwanawasa Teaching Hospital.
Mr. Kampyongo told Journalists yesterday that government will thoroughly investigate the matter to determine what led to the shooting and ensure that justice prevails.
The Home Affairs Minister who was speaking at the PF Secretariat has since urged Police officers to exhibit exemplary conduct.
Constable Kabasiya is reported to have gone to Munali Police Post where he picked up a quarrel with Constable Kapila and later shot him in the stomach with an AK 47 rifle.
Police Spokesperson Esther Mwata Katongo confirmed the death of Constable Kapila and said the suspect is still at large.
She has since appealed to the public with information about the whereabouts of the suspect to report to the nearest Police.
Meanwhile, A Police Officer, two members of the neighborhood watch and one reservist have been detained at Matero Post Station in connection with the death of a suspect in a Burglary and Theft case.
The suspect identified as Jimmy Sampa was picked on January 5th for allegedly stealing a Radio and two speakers before he died at George Police Post at about 07 00 hours the same day.
Police spokesperson Esther Katongo identified those arrested as Constable Habatebele who was in charge of the shift, Reserve Constable Phiri and two neighborhood watch officers Joseph Banda aged 49 and Saulosi Phiri aged 35 all of George Compound police post.
Mrs. Katongo who confirmed the development to the media said the body of the deceased is in the University Teaching Hospitals mortuary awaiting postmortem.
She said the docket of case has been opened and investigations have continued in the matter.