Cop was killed over TV row

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Constable Lennox Kapila was shot by his fellow police officer, Constable Edwin Kabasiya, because he refused to arrest a member of the public with whom the suspect was in a television set dispute, police have revealed.

Kapila, 26, succumbed to his gunshot wound on Saturday at the Levy Mwanawasa Hospital in Lusaka, while his killer remains on the run.

Giving an update to the media today, Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo said investigations have revealed that Kabasiya and wife had a television set which needed to be repaired and later be sold.

“Brief facts concerning Constable Kapila’s shooting according to eye witnesses are that the suspect Constable Kabasiya and wife had a television set which needed to be repaired and later be sold. The television set was taken to a named technician (TV repairer) within Kaunda Square and after some days, the technician paid a deposit of K500 remaining with a balance,” Katongo narrated. “However, on 4th January, 2019 at around 20:00 hours, the wife to Kabasiya went to Munali Police Post to have the technician arrested because it had taken sometime for him to pay the balance. She found Constable Kapila on duty who advised her to take civil litigation because the matter was civil, but the woman insisted that the technician be arrested. Const Kapila stood his ground and Kabasiya’s wife left. A few minutes later, Constable Kabasiya appeared at Munali Police Post in uniform armed with an AK47 rifle.”

Katongo narrated that Kabasiya wanted to confirm if the technician was detained and he proceeded to check in the cells and in the Arrest and Prisoner’s Property Book (APPB) and he did not find the name of the technician.

She further narrated that the suspect then went outside where Constable Kapila was standing and started pestering him about the whereabouts of the technician of which he was told that they had not arrested him.

Katongo revealed that Kabasiya insisted and started threatening Kapila that he was going to shoot him and later fired the gun.


2 Responses to Cop was killed over TV row

  1. Just like that?

    Ba Passion
    January 7, 2019 at 3:44 pm

  2. so sad that a professional police officer is the one that had to die and we are left with the cops who are unprofessional and take the law into their own hands sure why kill your fellow officer over a civil case doesn’t he knows where the courts of law and located.

    January 7, 2019 at 4:53 pm

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