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Some of the alleged political assassinations in Zambia

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Simon M. Kapwepwe

10. Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe

On September 9, 1977 he was asked to return to UNIP for the sake of national unity. The following year, he ran for UNIP’s nomination for presidency of Zambia but a last-minute change in party rules disqualified him and Harry Nkumbula. He retired again and went back to Chinsali. In January 1980, while he was visiting his daughter, Dr. Sampa Kapwepwe, in Kalulushi, Kapwepwe suffered a stroke on January 24 and died two days later. It is believed that when Kapwepwe suffered the stroke and while he was still conscious, he asked for a pen so that he could write something but the stroke had paralysed his right side and he could not write with his left hand. In frustration, he tossed away the pen and whatever he had wanted to tell the world before he died, went with him to his grave.

9. Dag Hammarskjold

Investigators have called on the United Nations to reopen a probe into the death more than 50 years ago of UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold, citing “persuasive evidence” that his plane was shot down. Hammarskjold died in mysterious circumstances in September 1961 while on a peace mission to the Congo, when his plane crashed shortly before landing in Zambia.
A report released in The Hague by a privately appointed commission consisting of high-profile international judges and diplomats called on the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) to release cockpit recordings from the time to confirm whether mercenary aircraft may have shot down the plane. The commission cited new witnesses who claimed to have seen a second aircraft shooting at the plane on the night of the crash almost 52 years ago.

8. Paul Tembo

Paul Tembo was due to give evidence at a tribunal probing Finance Minister Katele Kalumba, Home Affairs Minister Peter Machungwa and Works and Supply Minister Godden Mandandi, all trusted Chiluba aides, for alleged corruption and abuse of office.Paul Tembo’s lawyers say evidence from their client could have implicated senior government officials including Chiluba.
“One reason why Paul may have been killed was the evidence he was due to give at the corruption tribunal. Paul was likely to implicate the president in the diversion and misuse of public resources,” his lawyer Mutembo Nchito told Reuters.

Ronald Penza

7. Ronald Penza

Although police still insist that the former Zambian finance minister Ronald Penza was killed by common criminals, without any political motive, several happenings since the incident seem to suggest otherwise. For one thing, Penza’s killers did not steal anything from his Ibex Hill home. For another, police were too quick in ruling out the possibility of political motives for the murder. Two weeks later, the then police service spokesman, Beenwell Chimfwembe announced that three more suspected Penza killers had been shot dead by the police, bringing the number to eight. Since then the police have arrested a newsvendor and a market seller and charged them in December before a Lusaka magistrate, but they are just small beer.
Penza’s family is still questioning the unprofessional manner in which the police are handling investigations. They said: “We as a family have absolutely no confidence in their investigations going by the manner in which they have conducted themselves so far.”

6. Wezi Kaunda

The 47-year-old son of Kenneth D. Kaunda, the former president of Zambia, was fatally shot Wednesday night in the driveway of his home in the Zambian capital, Lusaka. The son, Wezi Kaunda, a retired army major who was a rising figure in his father’s opposition United National Independence Party, had been the target of death threats but chose to remain in the country his father led to independence from Britain in 1964, the party spokesman said.Mr. Kaunda, who had been expected to assume a top post in the opposition party next month, was returning home with his wife and had pulled into their driveway when he was accosted by four gunmen, who forced him out his car, the spokesman, Muhabi Lungu, said today in a telephone interview from Lusaka. Assuming that the gunmen wanted his car, Mr. Kaunda pushed his wife out of the car and told them to take it, Mr. Lungu said. But the men opened fire on Mr. Kaunda, who was shot several times and died early this morning at a Lusaka hospital.

Supreme court

5. Mukelebai Mukelebai

Mukelebai Mukelebai died in mysterious circumstances in his room in South Africa. Mukelebai was ordered never to reclaim his office has attorney general . Mwanawasa further suggested that he would, upon his eventual return, appoint Mukelebai as a High Court Judge.The president stated that Mukelebai would surrender the duties of his office, especially those cases relating to “the plunder of national resources’’, to private prosecutors.After this meeting, Mukelebai recognised the extent of the vicious and strong forces arraigned against him. He clearly felt that the forces had converged using the false allegations from Livingstone as an excuse to hound him out of office.He quickly sought legal counsel from experienced lawyer Vincent Malambo SC.On January 5, 2004, Mukelebai wrote to President Mwanawasa informing him that as discussed, he will proceed to go on leave and enclosed there-in his leave forms. He copied the letter to Secretary to Cabinet and permanent secretary, Legal Affairs. Mr Malambo advised that the action was unnecessary and illegal as the DPP was yielding to unreasonable political pressure from Mwanawasa. Malambo advised that the pressure must be dismissed with contempt as the DPP had security of tenure, anchored in the Constitution. He advised that a Republican president had no such powers as to send a DPP on forced leave, let alone hound the DPP out of office.
The trouble was that Mukelebai had sent copies of that letter, to the Secretary to Cabinet and to the permanent secretary – Legal Affairs. Malambo advised him to ignore the letters of leave, as they were sent in error. The letter to Mwanawasa consequently, was never sent. As is customary of George Kunda, who is a consistent stickler of the law, he issued a statement on January 7, 2004 as Minister of Legal Affairs and Attorney General, emphasising that the DPP would not proceed to go on leave as this was ‘“imaginary and created by a certain newspaper’’.
Mr Kunda said the DPP’s office was a constitutional office and he cannot be forced to go on leave nor be removed from office without due process of the law.
Clearly the battle to dismiss Mukelebai or force him out of the way was being lost.
The empire summoned its last weapon of war – Mwanawasa

Levy Mwanawasa

4. Levy Mwanawasa

“the government should explain what happened 30 minintues before Mwanawasa died….they have never investigated” BBC Maureen Mwanawasa Such a question brings in a lot of questions from the first lady that was with the President when he alleged had a stroke. At the time of his death levy was fighting a click of perceived enemies he deemed corrupt locally and on the International scene he want vocal attacking South African and Zimbabwean presidents of the situation in Zimbabwe. What happened in that 30 minutes.

Frederick Chiluba

3. FTJ Chiluba

Former Zambian president died a mystery death at this place, so mysterious that is children demanded a postmortem; considering the way he passed on. They were threatened and the chickened out, it was highly rumoured the first move to make to remove the MMD out of Power was to remove Chiluba from the equation. Three months later the PF won the election with public knowledge of hacking of the Election Commission of Zambia with a know US ambassador panicking after the discovery was made.

Anderson Mazoka showing election results to the press in 2002. He claimed his victory had been robbed by the ruling party

2. Anderson Mazoka

Mazoka was the leader of Zambia’s largest opposition party, the United Party for National Development (UPND) who and claimed long before his death that he was poisoned. He died in a South African hospital on a Wednesday, after prolonged kidney complications. He was 63. The popular opposition leader, who has suffered from poor health for years, had repeatedly accused government agents of poisoning him – though police challenged him to prove his allegations. A wealthy businessman and former managing director of South Africa’s mining giant Anglo American, Mazoka narrowly lost the 2001 elections to Mwanawasa.
After the 2001 elections, his health deteriorated, and he spent most of his time in South Africa for treatment.

1. Lenshina killing of 1964 (thousands Zambians people were killed)

No one has ever being brought to book of the Killing of hundreds of Zambians by a commando unit that killed a religious group. It was covered up with fake stories to dent the image of the the Christians that were killed. At first the Lumpa Church was close to the main Black organization fighting for independence, the Northern Rhodesia African National Congress (ANC). However, when Kenneth Kaunda left the ANC in 1958 and formed the more militant United National Independence Party (UNIP) there arose a competition for members between the new church and the new party. Villages were split as Lumpa leaders ordered their members to establish separate villages by moving out of villages where they lived alongside UNIP’s members. The conflict between UNIP and the Lumpa Church reached a climax in July to October in 1964, just before Northern Rhodesia’s independence. On July 24, 1964 a gunbattle broke out between UNIP and Lumpa Church members. The resulting riots were only quelled by the intervention of State troops, and the proclamation of a state of emergency by the new pre-independence Prime Minister, Kenneth Kaunda. About a thousand people died in the clashes between Lumpa Church adherents, UNIP’s members and the security forces. Approximately 15,000 Lumpa Church members fled and took refuge in Congo; some of them never returned to Zambia. The Lumpa Church was banned on 3 August 1964 and Lenshina surrendered to police a few days later. She died in custody — with Jungwa Kafunda, Reagan Kanshimike, Freedom Speeche and 26 others.

Written in 2013 by Nkonkomalimba Kapumpe


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