The Zambia National Women’s Lobby (ZNWL) strongly condemns thekilling of a femaleUnited Party for National Development (UPND) supporter,MapenziChibula, by the Zambia Police in Kanyama yesterday.
The ZNWL further condemns the use of live ammunition by the Police in dispersing unarmed UPND protesters in Kanyama, which resulted in the killing of Ms Chibula and injuring of other UPND supporters.
The use of live ammunition in yesterdays’ incident was uncalled for because the UPND supporters who were being pursued were unarmed.It is extremely unfortunate that such a young life has been lost. This tragic occurrence could have been avoided if the police used other means of weapons to disperse the UPND protestors.
It is quite disheartening to note that, again, it is the woman who has suffered the consequences of violence, paying with her dear life. The death was unnecessary and an affront to the tenets of human rights which we aspire toas a country.
We call on the Inspector General of Police to institute an inquiry into the shooting of MsChibulo and ensure that the officer who killed her in cold blood is arrested. It is clear that the Police officer who shot MsChibulowas aiming to kill her because he shot her in the head and not other parts of the body.We would like to remind the Police that they exist to offer protection to the citizens and not to be the ones killing citizens.This is a clear case of an extrajudicial killing, which is described in law as a killing of a person by governmental authorities without the sanction of any judicial proceeding or legal process.
We further condemn the political violence that has characterisedthe country, which if leftunabated will result in voter apathy which will negatively affect the validity of the elections. Women who form the largest segment of the population will shun voting if the violence continues.
Zambia National Women’s Lobby Board Chairperson.