The contradictory statements from Government concerning the death of PF cadre Moses Simuwela are sending wrong signals to the public at large.
At first there was a suggestion that the police pathologist established natural causes as the reason for Simweula’s death. The family has naturally rubbished there reports and has subsequently obtained an independent pathologist to determine the true cause of the 18-year olds death.
And then yesterday in parliament, the Minister of Home Affairs Edgar Lungu announced that the people who hacked Moses had been apprehended and that government was now looking for the mastermind of the violence. The two explanations have implications.
If as police suggest Moses died from natural causes it means then that there is no one responsible or accountable for the death. On the other hand if as the Minister suggests the people responsible for the killing have been arrested it means a murder charge is not only inevitable but imminent.
The totality of the situation however, is that there was a common purpose, someone bought panga’s for the purpose of causing physical harm and this particular individual working with others transported the panga wielding thugs to the various locations, where they inflicted harm, resulting in serious injury to many and the death of one person although there is speculation that as many as 3 people were actually killed. Those involved intended the harm to be caused and are therefore culpable for the ultimate murder of Moses.
That is why the piecemeal manner in which the people are being charged over the offences that occurred on that Thursday morning leave much to be desires and a lot of room for speculation of a cover up.
There is no question and there is no doubt that whoever armed the thugs organized the logistics and some rudimentary training hence the growing fear that a militia was responsible for the mayhem.
In the absence of a briefing from the police it is difficult to know how far investigations have gone and to what extent those responsible have not only been identified but will indeed be brought to account.
Water crisis in Lusaka
The worsening water crisis in most Lusaka townships is a matter which the Lusaka Water and Sewerage company must address and rectify urgently. The failure of waterborne sanitations systems has very serious health implications on residents and makes life doubly unpleasant and unmanageable.
While it is understandable that mega capital works are being undertaken it is not clear if these mega projects will have a direct bearing on the localities that have borne the brunt of service delivery.
Most residents are particularly angry that they continue to be billed for water and sewerage services that they do not receive.
It is indeed a mockery and must be addressed.