THE commission of inquiry into the January 14 Mongu killings has
summoned three top officials from the previous government, including
former vice-president, George Kunda to explain their role in the fracas.
Then Home Affairs minister Mkhondo Lungu, who is currently deputy speaker of the National Assembly, the former inspector general of police, Francis Kabonde and Mr Kunda are expected to appear before the commission to explain their role in the fracas that left two people dead and several others injured.
The commission has also summoned Central Province Commissioner of Police Solomon Jere to explain his role in the January 14 fracas.
Dr Jere was in charge of police operations at the time of the disturbances. Commission chairperson Rodger Chongwe said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that the former leaders had been summoned to explain what role they played in the Mongu fracas.
During their sittings in the Western Province, Livingstone, Mumbwa and Lusaka, witnesses told the commission that Mr Kunda, Mr Lungu, Dr Jere and Mr Kabonde should be summoned so that they could explain their roles.
Dr Chongwe said some of the police officers who had been mentioned by some petitioners in Mongu had already been interviewed by the commission.
“I must say that we are very happy as a commission and we were particularly surprised that in Lusaka we had people contributing who did not necessarily come from Western Province. “And these people were empathising with the people of Western Province and we feel fortified particularly that some of these people have never even been to the province,” Dr Chongwe said.
He said the submissions by non-Westerners to the commission meant that the people of the province were not alone. Sources from the commission told the Times of Zambia yesterday that the former leaders had since been written to asking them to appear before the commission next week.
TIMES OF ZAMBIA