Mystery surrounds the death of a UPND official Newton Demuna who was found unconscious in his vehicle while parked at Levy Business Park opposite Zesco workshop as speculations abound that MMD Solwezi MP Lucky Mulusa last month survived poisoning after his drink was allegedly laced.
Demuna was taken to the University Teaching Hospital where he was pronounced dead, with police confirming his death and adding that some foodstuffs found in his car have since been taken for laboratory tests to help ascertain the cause of his death.
And results of the tests carried out by the Food and Drug Laboratory in Lusaka confirmed that Mulusa’s samples revealed that his drink contained a substance known as Clonazepam which if consumed in large quantities, can cause relaxation of the muscles, complete black out and break down of the nervous system and collapse of the liver and eventual death.
Efforts to contact Mulusa for confirmation failed as he was believed to be in his constituency.
But sources close to the story revealed that the victim had a drink with friends at a well established location in Lusaka and as he was being served by a named barman, he noticed that the barman was an uneasy and did not relate o him in the usual manner.
The source said the barman gage an implausible explanation as to why he had offered Mulusa a drink.
“Because of the peculiar way the drink was mixed and served, we decided to question the barman on why he was behaving in a strange way and whose drink he was mixing with such strange movements” he said.
The source said they were surprised when the barman served them the same drink and told them that he actually bought the drink for them.
“It was at this point that we took the drink to the restaurant pretending that we were going to consume it there but we secured it and after discussions we agreed to take the sample to the UTH police post where two officers escorted us to the Food and Laboratory where samples were analysed.
“According to the laboratory, the chemical in the drink can cause relaxation of the muscles, complete black out and impairment and when consumed in high levels of alcohol can lead to break down of the nervous system and collapsing of the liver and death” the friend said.