– Says police officers who fired teargas in a room at UNZA can be prosecuted.
Lusaka based lawyer Sakwiba Sikota says the use of teargas by Police during last week’s riot at the University of Zambia (UNZA) is prosecutable under the Zambian laws.
Mr. Sikota says this is if indeed police officers fired teargas in confined hostel rooms at the university during the fracas.
In an interview with Q-News, Mr. Sikota said that there will be need for police officers deployed to quell the riot to explain how the teargas canisters ended up in the students’ hostels.
He said that if police officers intentionally fired teargas canisters in order that they enter the hostels, such action is criminally prosecutable.
Mr Sikota said this means prosecuting the police officers that fired the teargas canisters and their superiors who ordered them to do so.
It is the first time Sakwiba is siding with the people in a long time.
Mr. Sikota said much as riots are violent and usually result in bloodshed, it is unreasonable for any police officer to fired teargas canisters in a confined room with people inside.
He said that both those who used excessive force during the riot and those who instigated the riot must all be made accountable.
From 2010 or so, Sikota had only been speaking in favour of and defending corrupt elements in court thereby losing the admiration he had gained in the early 2000s.