Zambia Reports (Lusaka)

5 February 2013

Zambia: Police Boss, Kabimba Differ On Livingstone Murder

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(File photo) Zambian police beat and teargas opposition protesters.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Dr Solom Jere has disagreed with justice minister Wynter Kabimba that UPND have committed an act of murder in Livingstone after the death of a 19 year-old-man who was Obvious Mwaliteta's houseboy.

And UPND has threatened to sue justice minister Wynter Kabimba for accusing them of committing murder in Livingstone.

Dr Jere said it will be premature to make conclusions on the death as police are still investigating the matter. He said results of the postmortem will be made public later.

"As at now, we don't know what could have killed the deceased person but the results of the postmortem will be made public after a full analysis is done by our investigators," he said.

Dr Jere has since cautioned stakeholders in Livingstone to stop finger pointing over the death of Johan Lyakoka who was allegedly hacked to death on Saturday night although preliminary results suggest he was hit by a vehicle.

Meanwhile, UPND campaign manager for the Livingstone parliamentary by-election, Garry Nkombo, said Kabimba will be dragged to court to prove that Johan was killed by UPND.

"UPND would like to go to court, to go and disapprove all these facts. Mr Kabimba will have to be brought to the courts of law to prove these allegations. Mr Kabimba must be reminded that justice is not selective and he should be champion number one to deliver the course of justice," he said.

But Kabimba has said the UPND can go ahead with a legal suit if they want.

"The circumstances of that death are certainly politically connected. He didn't die out of natural causes, he died under the circumstances of an election campaign. If UPND would like to go, let them go ahead," bragged Kabimba.

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