Mongu riots inquiry summons George Kunda

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
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.


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