It is really stupid for police to absolve the cops who murdered ZAF soldier Nchimunya Choongwa and blame inmates.
Flight Sergeant Choongwa was beaten to death by cops following a minor traffic accident with a cop. After bartering him unconscious, the police pushed the soldier in the cells where he died and where it is possible inmates continued beating him.
But now police say they have charged four inmates with Sergeant Nchimunya Chongwa’s murder.
Assistant police spokesperson Nephas Chifuta stated that police had concluded investigations and have arrested four inmates.
“The said four inmates are; Joseph Phiri aged 32 of Chalala area in Lusakawho was facing a charge of theft, Kaonga Andrew aged 31, a Police Sergent of Kamufinsa Mobile Unit charged for criminal trespass, Kalumba Felix aged 40 of house number C294 Mtendere Compund Lusaka charged for Motor Vehicle theft and Chanda Martin aged 24, of House number 45/11, Chilenje Lusaka facing a charge of assault occasioning actual bodly harm. The quartet will appear in court on Monday.”
Who can believe this rubbish? But then, in a country where there is no leader or the so called leader is preoccupied with alcohol, prostitutes and amassing wealthy for himself, this is what you expect. Every public official will do as they please knowing that there will be no consequences.
Let’s imagine for a minute that the soldier was killed by inmates while in custody; can the police escape culpability in such a death? Who is responsible for a detained person’ s right to life while in police detention? Is this not criminal negligence on the part of the police? Where were the police officers on duty when the inmates were beating the soldier to death? These are some of the questions the police command should address instead of trying to threaten journalists who are challenging their incompetence, and exposing their murderous behaviour and culpability.
What about Choongwa’ s former workmates ? Can they honestly believe this crap from the police? If they do believe, the we have no soldiers.