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Cop in court again over prosecutor’ murder

By CHARLES MUSONDA

THE police constable  accused of killing  public prosecutor Nsama Nsama Chipyoka and a United Party for National Development (UPND) supporter Joseph Kaunda. appeared in the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court  yesterday.

Before Magistrate Felix Kaoma yesterday was Fanwell Nyundu, 25, of Matero Township who is charged with two counts of murder following the shooting dead of the two on December 23, 2020.

Nyundu appeared for mention after which the State informed Mr. Kaoma that instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions to commit Nyundu to the High Court for trial are not yet ready.

The matter has since been adjourned to this Friday, March 5, 2021 for another mention and possible committal.

Last Friday, Mr. Kaoma explained the charge to Nyundu when he first appeared in court following his arrest last week.

He explained to the accused person that the offence he is charged with is only tried by the High Court. Mr. Kaoma told Nyundu that he would continue to appear in court awaiting committal to the High Court for trial if the DPP issues instructions. Public prosecutor Jordan Busiku yesterday said the certificate of committal was not ready and that the State was therefore asking for a short adjournment. 

Nyundu was arrested after Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja handed over his report on the investigations into the killing of the two victims to President Lungu.

A few days before the shooting incident, the police had advised the UPND not to allow their supporters to accompany their leader Hakainde Hichilema to the police headquarters where he was summoned for questioning over his purchase of a farm in Kalomo in the 1990s.

However, the opposition party defied the advice and ferried their followers in more than 30 buses to the premises, resulting in a confrontation with officers.

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