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Zambian Police Officer Charged With Killing Protesters

 

Zambian police on Wednesday mentioned that they had arrested an officer on homicide expenses over the lethal capturing of two anti-government protesters in December.

Fanwell Nyundu, 25, is accused of killing the duo as they demonstrated exterior a police station the place opposition occasion chief Hakainde Hichilema was being questioned.

“The suspect is in police custody and yet to appear in court,” police spokeswoman Esther Katongo mentioned in a press release.

Nyundu faces two counts of homicide.

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

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He was summoned by police on December 23, 2020, for questioning a couple of property buy he made 20 years in the past.

Several hundred supporters, together with the 2 victims, milled exterior the police station within the capital Lusaka to point out their help.

The two males have been killed when riot police have been despatched to interrupt up the protest. Their blood-stained our bodies have been discovered mendacity on the bottom after the demonstrators fled.

Police issued a press release shortly after the incident saying the boys have been reportedly killed by gunfire after tear fuel was used to disperse an “unruly” crowd.

Hichilema, nonetheless, mentioned it was hit job by “snipers”.

The 58-year-old veteran campaigner and self-made entrepreneur have made 5 bids for the presidency between 2006 and 2016.

He spent 4 months in jail after contesting his final defeat in 2016.

AFP

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