Former Sports and youth Deputy Minister Steven Masumba was on New Year’s eve apprehended by police and detained at Kitwe Central Police Station for allegedly firing a gun at one of the night clubs in Kitwe.
Copperbelt Police Commanding Officer Joyce Kasosa confirmed that Mr Masumba was on New Year’s eve apprehended and detained at Kitwe Central Police Station for firing a gun at one of the night clubs in the city centre, but was released on police bond on January 1st, 2014.
Ms Kasosa said Mr Masumba was released on police bond on January 1st, 2014, but investigations had been launched on the matter.
But, when contacted for a comment, Mr Masumba said he fired the gunshot in self defense after some people who were trailing him from Ndola blocked the road and started advancing towards him.
He said the group of people who trailed him from Ndola to Kitwe, were driving an unregistered Toyota corolla.
He said he was not apprehended for firing a gun shot at one of the night club, but the police apprehended him so that they could get to know if the gun he was using was registered and in what circumstances he fired the gun shot. “I fired the gun shots in self defense when some people who had been trailing me from Ndola blocked the road and started advancing towards me. So when the police apprehended me, they wanted to know what circumstances i fired the gunshots.
“The Police also wanted to know if the gun was registered or not. So, as am talking to you now, some one is bringing the documents for the gun to show its legality,” Mr Masumba said. He said he was on the Copperbelt on the invitation of the Evangelical Church in Zambia in Masala Township in Ndola who wanted him to grace the thanks giving service, but decided to travel to Mufulira to see his relative at Ronald Ross hospital.