ZAMBIA: LUSAKA COP SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDERING COLLEAGUE
January 8, 2020:
The Lusaka High Court on 3 January 2020 convicted and sentenced a police officer, Edwin Kabasiya, to death by hanging for the murder of his colleague Lennox Kapila. (Sources: themastonline.com, 03/01/2020)
This is in a matter where Kabasiya shot Kapila on January 4, 2019 at Munali Police Post for refusing to arrest a technician who was fixing his TV which was meant for sale.
High Court judge Kazimbe Chenda said it was unfortunate that Kabasiya betrayed the trust of the Zambian people for him to use a fire arm.
In his defense, Kabasiya claimed that he accidentally shot Kapila when he tried to prevent his firearm when falling.
In his judgment, justice Chenda said that he was satisfied that there was a homicide and that Kabasiya committed the offence but refused to accept that Kapila was accidentally shot as an eyewitness had disclosed that Kabasiya and Kapila had an altercation.