Who pulled the trigger?

A joint investigative team has been established to look into the killing of two villagers in Kampasa on Friday by Zambia National Service officers in an operation against squatters occupying land that allegedly belonged to the Service.

The joint team is expected to establish firstly why the officers were carrying live ammunition against unarmed villagers, secondly whether the matter falls into civil or defence force jurisdiction and finally who will investigate and prosecute the matter.

By yesterday military police from national service, army and police were still discussing procedures to be implemented in the prosecution which is expected to arise from the death and injury of the civilians

Meanwhile, Agenda for a Better Zambia (ABZ) president Frank Bwalya has charged that President Michael Sata as commander in-chief of the armed forces should be held accountable for the loss of two lives in Kapasa village in Chongwe.

Two men were on Friday shot dead when the Zambia National Service (ZNS) officers opened fire at a crowd of villagers in Kampasa village when they attempted to evict them from the land they have been occupying since the 1970s.

And the United Party for National Development (UPND) has warned that the country risked being plunged into chaos if President Sata did not condemn and order the arrest of those responsible for the death of the two villagers.

Fr Bwalya said the opposition political parties should work together closely to ensure that the architects of evil in the PF government were completely defeated.

He told the Daily Nation that it was critical for the opposition political parties to step up their efforts to limit the damage that was being caused by the PF because the leadership in the ruling party had proved that they were ready to sacrifice human life to sustain their political desires.

He said the violence that was being perpetrated by the ruling party was a sign that the end of the PF was near.

Fr Bwalya said President Sata as the commander in-chief of the armed forces should tell Zambians who pulled the trigger that killed two innocent citizens who were demanding protection of their right to land.

He said Zambians should now convince themselves that PF government was not for the majority poor and that everything they promised about protecting the poor and vulnerable.

Fr Bwalya said it was disheartening that poor Zambians who were supposed to be  protected by government  were now being gunned down.

“Most of our poor people are being defrauded of their land by cadres and my heart bleeds to see people being murdered by a government that had promised to protect for demanding their rights to land. Zambians must now realize that President Michael Sata has started to show his true colours. But as commander in chief of the armed forces, Mr Sata will stand to account for the murder of the innocent citizens in Kapasa village in Chongwe. Everything they promised about protecting the poor and vulnerable was bufi, kubeja,” Fr Bwalya said.

Fr Bwalya charged that President Sata and the PF were a greedy lot who did not care about the welfare of the Zambians who voted for them.