Lungu challenged to reign on overzealous police officers who ‘murder’ citizens

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The Non-governmental Gender Organisations Coordinating Council has lambasted the government over the K500 00 compensation for Vespers Shimunzhila’s death, who died at the hands of state police.

The Council has since called on President Edgar Lungu to take drastic measures against state agents who are reckless and cause the death of citizens.

The Council says the amount offered by the State is not enough for such a loss of life perpetrated by the state itself.

Vespers Shimunzhila was a fourth year University of Zambia (UNZA) student who died of asphyxia which was as a result of the tear gas smoke fired by Zambia Police into her appartment.

NGOCC Executive Director Engwase Mwale said the amount being offered is not enough to compensate the Shimuzhila family for the loss and the trauma they went through after losing their daughter.

Mwale has called on government to rethink on the amount and to expedite the process of compensating Vespers’ family.

She also implored President Lungu to read the riot act on the reckless and negligent way in which public servants carry out certain duties. Over the years, over-zealous state agents have been on record for abusing the citizens and in extreme cases causing death.

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