The Zambia Watchdog has just been informed that the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) suspects that there was an attempt to assassinate president Joseph Kabila in Zambia.
Kabila this morning survived a road accident in Zambia when a light truck refused to give way to his motorcade forcing one of the escort cars to bump it off. Both the Mitsubishi Truck and Presidential escort car were extensively damaged.
But now DRC government sources have told the Watchdog that they suspect foul play and have launched investigations.
A DRC government official said they had expected the road Kabila was passing to be clear of any vehicles.
The DRC official could not however say if Kinshasa is accusing Zambia of trying to assassinate Kabila but said ‘at the minimum this is dangerous negligence on the part of Zambia’.
When news of this accident broke out, many people thought it was Zambian ruler Edgar Lungu who was in the accident.
This prompted one of Lungu’s advisors Kaizer Zulu to state that ‘yes there was an accident but it involved Kabila not Lungu’.
Police spokesperson person Esther Katongo was at pains to explain what happened but managed to issue this statement later in the evening:
LUSAKA, 18TH FEBRUARY, 2018 – There was a serious injury road traffic accident which occurred today 18th February, 2018 at about 10 35 hours along Leopards Hill Road opposite Saudi Arabia and France Embassies.
Involved was Andrew Phiri aged 35 of Twikatane Compound in Lusaka who was driving a Toyota Dyna registration number ACJ 8318 Blue in colour from East to west direction.
Also involved was a Mazda motor vehicle registration number GRZ 520 CN belonging to State House which was being driven by Inspector Kayumba.
The accident happened when the Mazda which was being driven by Inspector Kayumba who was on a Presidential escort duties for the visiting President of the Democratic Republic of Congo moving from West to East direction collided with a Toyota Dyna which failed to give way to the Presidential Motorcade. The GRZ motor vehicle spinned off and hit a police officer who was at his point of duty on route lining. The officer sustained injuries on his left leg.
Another motor vehicle Ford Ranger registration number ZP 2291B which was also part of the convoy being driven by Sergeant Mwila hit into a stationed motor vehicle Toyota Corolla registration number ABZ 1192 which was parked off the road after he swerved to the right in trying to avoid hitting into a motor vehicle in front on the convoy.
The driver of the Toyota Dyna Andrew Phiri sustained a fractured left leg , arm and multiple cuts on the forehead and was rushed to UTH while the driver of the Mazda escaped unhurt.
Investigations have been instituted.
ESTHER MWAATA KATONGO
ZAMBIA POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER