Advocates of the family to the late Joseph Kaunda have called on the Judiciary to institute an inquest to establish the cause of his death.
Renowned Lusaka lawyer, Counsel Mulambo Haimbe who is heading the advocacy on behalf the family confirmed in an interview that his group has written to the Judiciary requesting for an inquiry to be instituted to determine the cause of the death of Mr Kaunda.
“Yes, I confirm that we have written to the Judiciary to convene an inquest; a hearing to ascertain the cause of death for the deceased, Mr Joseph Kaunda,” he says.
He said an inquest is a process which ensures that no persons interested in the cause of death take charge of the inquiry.
“An inquest is a lawful process that is taken pursuant to Chapter 36 of the Laws of Zambia by which a neutral third party sitting as a Corona inquires into the death by hearing evidence from various persons including the Police and eye witnesses,” he said.
26-year-old Kaunda, a UPND member was on 23rd December, 2020, gunned down in unclear circumstances when President Hakainde Hichilema was summoned for questioning at Police Force Headquarters in Lusaka.
State Prosecutor, Nsama Nsama Chipyoka was also gunned down in similar circumstances, leading to widespread condemnation of the rampant police brutality from both the academia, members of the public and the church.
And calls to have the perpetrators of the shooting brought to book have grown louder with most people expressing concern that more such similar incidences will increase especially as the country heads to the polls in 8 months time.
UPND MEDIA TEAM