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Lusaka killing mystery deepens – ‘there was no police activity in the area’

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  • “There was no fracas, we just saw him fall but didn’t even realize he had been shot,” the guard said.
  • There were no police officers in the video and the road seemed to be empty with only a few people at the restaurant.

CONTROVERSY continues over the killing of two men, including a prosecutor Nsama Nsama at a Lusaka restaurant with revelation that there was no direct police activity in the area but only the presence of a few UPND cadres who found themselves at the scene immediately after the shooting.

Mr. Nsama was killed as he was entering the restaurant.

“There was no fracas, we just saw him fall but didn’t even realize he had been shot,” the guard said.

According to a video that has gone viral, some UPND cadres are spotted around the bodies, with one dressed in a brownish t-shirt and blue jeans and black and white sneakers claiming that he was just from speaking to the slain prosecutor, Mr Nsama.  “I was just talking to him (Nsama),” the man says in the video.

In another video that must have been taken at the same time, the same cadre while accusing Government  of the shooting, walks to the road shouting obscenities at Home Affairs minister Stephen Kampyongo, and claims the  other dead man lying on the road right outside the restaurant as  their member. “This is our member,” the man says in the video.

As the few people at the scene look at the two bodies with shock, the cadre who was “pretending” to be crying kept accusing Government of  the gruesome murder while a few other people were recording his actions on video,  titled PF BRUTALITY.

There were no police officers in the video and the road seemed to be empty with only a few people at the restaurant.

Meanwhile, Zambia Republican Party (ZRP) president Wright Musoma has advised the police to undertake investigations with a focus on who the people in the said video were and who would gain from the matter at hand.

Mr Musoma said this was all part of the terror scheme starting with the fires of 2017,  gassing and ritual killings in 2019, all aiming at creating discontent in the nation in order to discredit Government as the murder in question might have been planned.

He observed that some opposition leaders would do anything to dent the image of the Government to the international community and Zambians to secure an easy root to State House.

 “They want to show the whole world that the Zambian Government is brutal as it is now killing its own people,” said Mr Musoma.

And Patriot for Economic Progress (PEP) has said given  the circumstances of the shooting  where two people were killed, they are inclined to believe that it was the work of snipers, with the purpose of gaining public sympathy for some political leader.

In a bid to reconstruct the events that occurred on Wednesday, the Daily Nation crew went to the restaurant where Mr Nsama was shot dead and a nearby road where suspected UPND cadre, Joseph Kaunda was killed

Party president Sean Tembo said the preciseness of the placement of both shots, the uniformity of the two shots as well as the fact that there are no other reported gunshot wounds among the people that were in the vicinity of the fracas, meaning that it was not a case of a random spray of gunfire

 “We say so because of the preciseness of the placement of both shots, the uniformity of the two shots as well as the fact that there are no other reported gunshot wounds among the people that were in the vicinity of the fracas, meaning that it was not a case of a random spray of gunfire,” he said.

When the first tear gas was fired, the police were trying to disperse the cadres who had gathered at the roundabouts opposite the Supreme buildings, approximately 600 meters away. The cadres were dispersed and scampered in the direction of  the Lusaka Civic on Independence Avenue, Chikwa Road and Haile Selassie Road.

Police had already blocked Independence Avenue from the Force Headquarters leading to Cabinet and UTH traffic lights.

Lafe Restaurant, where Mr Nsama was shot dead is approximately 600 meters from the Roundabout where the cadres were being dispersed by riot police.

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