Zambian Police Officer Charged With Killing Protesters

PHOTO USED TO DEPICT THE STORY: Demonstrators marching towards the South African Embassy in Lusaka, Zambia on September 4, 2019, to protest against the xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals in the Rainbow Nation are blocked by Zambian general Police inspector Kakoma Kanganja and his police team. SALIM DAWOOD / AFP


Zambian police on Wednesday said they had arrested an officer on murder charges over the deadly shooting of two anti-government protesters in December.

Fanwell Nyundu, 25, is accused of killing the duo as they demonstrated outside a police station where opposition party leader Hakainde Hichilema was being questioned.

“The suspect is in police custody and yet to appear in court,” police spokeswoman Esther Katongo said in a statement.

Nyundu faces two counts of murder.

Hichilema, known to his supporters by his initials HH, is President Edgar Lungu’s main contender in elections due in August.

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He was summoned by police on December 23, 2020, for questioning about a property purchase he made 20 years ago.

Several hundred supporters, including the two victims, milled outside the police station in the capital Lusaka to show their support.

The two men were killed when riot police were sent to break up the protest. Their blood-stained bodies were found lying on the ground after the demonstrators fled.

Police issued a statement shortly after the incident saying the men were reportedly killed by gunfire after tear gas was used to disperse an “unruly” crowd.

Hichilema, however, said it was hit job by “snipers”.

The 58-year-old veteran campaigner and self-made entrepreneur have made five bids for the presidency between 2006 and 2016.

He spent four months in jail after contesting his last defeat in 2016.


Zambian Police Arrest Former Minister For Criticising President

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FILE PHOTO  Zambia’s President, Edgar Lungu                                            Credit: AFP


A former Zambian minister and a leading critic of President Edgar Lungu was arrested in Lusaka on Thursday over allegations of making profits from criminal activity.

Chishimba Kambwili has emerged as one of the most prominent voices speaking out against Lungu, who is accused of the increasingly authoritarian rule and of cracking down on dissent.

“He has been charged with 37 counts of being in possession of properties suspected to be proceeds of crime and two counts of obtaining pecuniary advantage,” Kambwili’s lawyer Keith Mweemba told AFP.

Mweemba said that Kambwili was detained by police and would appear in court on Friday.

Kambwili, a lawmaker from the governing Patriotic Front party, is a former foreign minister and also served as Lungu’s information minister.

He has since fallen out with Lungu and repeatedly accused the president and government of being corrupt.

Lungu has denied accusations that he is creating a dictatorship in Zambia and has accused rivals of trying to overturn the 2016 election result.