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MP Jay Banda mysteriously goes missing

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MP Emmanuel Jay Banda

Independent Petauke member of Parliament Emmanuel Jay Banda has mysterious gone missing.

PF Spokesperson Emmanuel Mwamba has confirmed the development.

“His car was found around 04;20hrs early morning by a Good Samaritan, with hazards on, driver’s door open and all his valuables intact. It has a small dent on the windscreen,” Mwamba says.

Police Spokesperson Rae Hamoonga also confirmed the development saying today May 25, 2024, at 03:30 hours, Twin Palm Police Station received a report from a concerned member of the public,of Meanwood Ibex, regarding an abandoned motor vehicle who contacted the station via phone.

Hamoonga says the reported vehicle is a white Toyota Land Cruiser with registration number BAX 3974ZM without the front plate.

The vehicle was discovered parked by the roadside 2.6 Km away from the police station on the West with its engine running,doors not locked, lights on and the right side of the windscreen shattered.

He says inside the vehicle, officers only found two phones and a written note stating, “DEAR ZAMBIANS AM VERY SORRY PLEASE FORGIVE ME AND STAY BLESSED HON JAY BANDA MP.”

He says at the scene, the surrounding area was searched and no one was found.

Hamoonga says the motor vehicle has been transported to Twin Palm Police Station for further investigation.

“Twin Palm Police Station is actively investigating this matter. Preliminary investigations have revealed that Honorable Jay Banda left the ibex home yesterday May 24,2024 at 21:30 hours stating that he was going for a meeting.Later on at 22:27 hours he arrived at the home of his wife in Kamwala South near the yellow shop and later left at 01:00 hours this morning back to the other wife’s home in ibex hill in order to prepare for departure to Petauke for a wedding.

“However the ibex hill wife confirmed that Honourable Jay Banda did not reach the residence.

“We urge anyone with information related to this incident to come forward and assist with our inquiries.An inquiry file has been opened,” Hamoonga said.

Banda is one of the PF controversial members. He came to limelight when he was alleged to have beaten some Police officers at a police station during Edgar Lungu’s reign.

The PF did not adopt him in preference for Bamayo Ba Dora Siliya. He contested as Independent and beat Siliya.

He has been one of the close members of Parliament to former president Lungu.

Banda was one of the MPs including Jean Chisenga the Mambilima MP who were in Lungu’s encourage in Kabwe when the Police stormed the Roman Catholic Church Bishop’s office to disrupt a meeting.

Chisenga’s house mysteriously caught fire early this week and the opposition alliance UKA sisspsct foul play.

They gave a 2 weeks ultimatum to Police to arrest Local Government and Rural Development Minister Gary Nkombo as a suspect. This follows Nkombo’s warning that Chisenga would pay for calling President Hakainde Hichilema a liar when he optically opened Parliament.

Zambian Eye, 25th May 2024.

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