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Police institute investigations in North West PF chairperson murder

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Police in Northwestern Province have instituted investigations in a case in which Patriotic Front (PF) provincial chairperson, Jackson Kungo, 39, was murdered in Solwezi yesterday at Kyawama secondary school polling station by suspected United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres.

Provincial Commissioner of Police, Joe Njase said preliminary investigations reveal that the act was a pre-planned and well calculated move meant on targeted individuals in the PF by the UPND.

Mr Njase told ZANIS in a statement in Solwezi today that as police they are making headways in bringing the culprit to book, adding that there is a good number of witnesses who saw what happened.

“The incidence occurred around 14:00 hours at Kyawama day secondary school polling centre. The matter was reported by Nephan Kamwandi aged 44 that PF provincial chairperson who was also a member of the central committee of Mulemba Villa Park had been murdered by suspected UPND cadres who were casting their vote at the named polling station,” he said.

The provincial police chief said facts of the matter are that Mr Kungo in company of Mr Friday Mulemfwe went to the named polling station to check on the PF polling agents.

Mr Njase further stated that upon arrival he was confronted by some youths and in reaction the mob got agitated and started beating him using fists, sticks, kicks and stones accusing him of having pre-marked ballot papers.

“He later fell on the ground and was rescued by a combined security team. The victim was then rushed to Kandemba clinic where his condition worsened due to the injuries he sustained and was pronounced dead at Solwezi general hospital where he went on referral.

“The body of the victim was inspected as it was found with a cut on the back of the head and some bruises,” he said.

In a related incident, Mr Njase said police received a report of assault of Obed Mukanzo aged 38 of Kazomba involving suspected UPND cadres equally suspected to be in possession of pre-marked ballot papers.

“A Zambia army soldier, Mweemba Monze aged 33 of Solwezi logged a complaint that he had been assaulted by a mob that caused him to sustain a deep cut on the forehead as a stone was used to inflict the said injury,” Mr Njase said.

Meanwhile, Mr Njase said in Ikelenge, Ignious Mweemba, a poll staff at Ikelenge polling station was harassed by voters after being suspected to be in possession of pre-marked ballot papers.

“Sergeant Nyachiu the station CIO for Ikelenge was equally assaulted in the process trying to rescue the said man and sustained a cut in the hand as a stone is alleged to have been used,” he said.

Mr Njase added that William Diane aged 32, also a polling assistant at Zambezi primary school was manhandled by a mob of voters suspected to be UPND cadres as he was trying to sort out spoiled ballot papers which they mistook for election rigging.

In a separate interview with ZANIS Caritus Zambia Solwezi coordinator, John Kalusa has strongly condemned the pockets of violence that were recorded at Kyawama polling station in which Mr Kungo was beaten and later died.

Mr Kalusa said no matter the situation people should not resort to violence.

“As civil society we are saddened that life has been lost in such a manner”, he said.

8 COMMENTS

  1. While during campaigns the below made headlines for political mileage please still do advise the population my country men and women

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  2. Very sad that a life has been lost. Only until PF came into power, have we known violence in Zambian politics. Zambians are a peace loving people. PF you have this poor Zambian’s blood on your hands.

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  3. Useless police…we are still waiting on the conclusion of those ownerless houses. No information on the murder cases before elections. I hope they are not waiting for bribery because we could have new recruits soon.

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  4. Allow the police to do their work without interference please. We are in the new dispensation n the past is behind us .

  5. Chi colour Lungu is a blood thirsty sananist, the id1ot never said anything when people where killed with gassing and busy with investigating the death of a useless theiving carder.. Just concede and f*UK off

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