‘SINGLE BULLET KILLED NSAMA, KAUNDA’
By GRACE CHAILE LESOETSA
A Ballistics expert has told the Lusaka High Court that State prosecutor Nsama Nsama Chipyoka and UPND member Joseph Kaunda were killed by the same bullet.
Assistant Superintendent Daniel Banda, who serves as a Ballistics expert at the Police Service headquarters forensic sciences department also identified an AK47 rifle serial number EN2650, cartilage and bullet used in the act.
This is in a matter where 25-year-old police officer, Fanwell Nyundu, is accused of shooting dead Mr Nsama and Mr Kaunda.
The two victims were killed last December when President Hakainde Hichilema, as opposition leader then, appeared for questioning at the Police Service headquarters over a farm in he acquired in Kalomo.
In a testimony that lasted for about seven hours, the Ballistics expert stated that the characteristics of the entry wound on Mr Kaunda were similar to that of the exit wound on Mr Nsama in dimension and general shape.
” I concluded that the same exhibit fatal bullet extracted from the second victim, Joseph Kaunda is one and the same bullet that penetrated and perforated the thorax of male Nsama. As the two bodies of Nsama and Kaunda were also found to be in the same alignment from the source of firearm which came from the western direction where most of the spent cartridge tracings were picked from,” he said.
Mr Banda said that the fatal bullet was discharged from the same firearm.
He narrated that when a team of Ballistics experts which included him got to the crime scene on December 23, 2020, they saw Mr Nsama’s body laying in a pool of blood at the Pa Kabinet restaurant and a brain tissue on the road about 12.8 meters from the restaurant.
He said that the late State Prosecutor had two wounds; one on the upper right side of the chest 70mm from the right rib and the other wound was at the back on the left side below the scapula.
“After finishing the investigations we recovered a total of 26 cartridge casings at the crime scene at the main entrance to the cabinet office and the place were fallen heroes rested (cenotaph),” he stated.
Mr Banda told the court that Kaunda was shot on the right side of his head .
“There were inward drag tissues and the characteristics indicated that the wound was caused by a tumbling bullet that penetrated the part of the head on the right side and lodged in the head. The bullet was extracted by the state pathologist,” he narrated.
When the court was moved to the scene of crime, Mr Banda showed how Mr Nsama was laying down facing with his head positioned in the Northwest while his feet were pointing in the Southeast direction.