MINISTER of Home Affairs Lameck Mangani says law-enforcement agencies are searching prison files to locate documents related to Patriotic Front (PF) president Michael Sata’s imprisonment, according to Zambia Daily Mail.
Mr Mangani said in Lusaka yesterday that the search is going back to the early 1960s.
He said investigations into whether Mr Sata was imprisoned for criminal offences have been intensified following additional revelations by veteran politician Dingiswayo Banda.
“As you may be aware, Honourable Dingiswayo Banda has also confirmed that Mr Sata was allegedly jailed for a criminal offence,” he said.
Mr Mangani said members of the public will be informed on the outcome of the investigations once the search is concluded.
He said a freedom-fighter, Jackson Ngoma, who claimed to have been in prison with Mr Sata, has already given his statement on the matter.
“Mr Ngoma has already given his side of the story, and his sister-in-law has denied that her husband (Mr Ngoma’s elder brother whom Mr Sata said he was with in prison) was never imprisoned,” he said.
Law-enforcement agencies recently summoned Mr Ngoma, who claimed to have shared prison cells with Mr Sata.
Mr Ngoma, 77, the last district governor for Mambwe, said he shared the same prison cells with Mr Sata at Bwana Mkubwa and Mukobeko prisons in Ndola and Kabwe, respectively, in the early 1960s.
The former freedom-fighter said he and other youths were rounded up for the role they played in the Cha Cha Cha uprising during the independence struggle.