Survivor exposes ZNS torture

The Kampasa resident who survived shootings by Zambia National Service officers was dragged out of the Levy Mwanawasa General Hospital while bleeding from the gunshot wounds he sustained and taken to Muvi TV and ZNBC to retract a statement he earlier issued against area Member of Parliament Sylvia Masebo.
According to court documents filed at the Lusaka High Court on Tuesday, Dickson explains that he was forcibly removed from the hospital and taken to Muvi TV and ZNBC where he was compelled by the PF Chongwe Constituency chairman to retract the statement where he accused area Member of Parliament Sylvia Masebo of being behind the illegal evictions.
Dickson said that after being forced to retract his earlier state   ment on both Muvi TV and ZNBC, he was bundled in a vehicle and taken to Chilanga until 01:00 hours in the morning before he was, thereafter, dumped back at Kampasa Settlement in pain and bleeding from the gunshot wounds.
According to a Writ of Summons filed in the Lusaka High Court by his lawyers Mushipe and Associates, Dickson is demanding for compensation for damages caused as a result of the shooting and the wrongful eviction from Kampasa Settlement a place he has resided on for over 29 years.
He also wants to be compensated for the loss of property which was destroyed during the demolition exercise by the Zambia National Service (ZNS).
Dickson has also sued Galunia Farms, a private limited company, and the Chongwe district council for damages and personal injuries sustained, loss, and damages suffered caused by the trigger-happy ZNS troops that fatally wounded two people with Nyirongo being the only surviving victim who was shot at.
The Writ of Summons also indicates that Dickson is claiming among other things, the compensation in the sum of K5,000,000 for injuries sustained, damages for the personal injuries and loss and damages  suffered as caused by ZNS on June 14, 2013.
He also wants the court to declare him a sitting tenant with priority of having the first option to purchase the land in dispute.
“Damages for loss of use of profit earning chattel due to wrongful damages thereof and an order that the allocation of the land to Galaunia Farms was fraudulent and therefore null and void and should have the certificate of title cancelled.”
Dickson also wants the court to give an order that he had acquired rights by prescription to the land having settled in Kampasa settlement for a period of over 29 years.
Dickson also argues that prior to the occupation of the land in dispute, the Kampasa settlement belonged to a man the locals knew as Mr. Hendricks who was deported in 1967 for killing his garden boy.
He says that since then, there exists no record at the Ministry of Lands indicating that Farm 33a and forming part of Kampasa Settlement was sold by its former owner and as such he became an absentee landlord.
Dickson also said that in 2007 whilst with other settlers, they approached Chongwe member of parliament Sylvia Masebo requesting for the subdivision of the same land, adding that the said land was surveyed  and subdivided accordingly.
He said that although Galaunia Farms got certificate to land there was no notification served on them about the development.
“On June 14, 2013, Dickson was shot at by Zambia National Service (ZNS) officers who had camped at the Chigamuti River. On Saturday June 15, 2013 he was forcefully removed from the Levy Mwanawasa Hospital and taken to Muvi-TV and ZNBC where he was compelled by the PF Chongwe constituency chairman to retract a statement he previously made complaining bitterly over the attitude with which he was treated by ZNS officers and blaming it on Sylvia Masebo.”

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  1. How about ZNS and Chongwe constituency chairman who seem to be nowhere in the picture despite ill treating Dickson in what has become normal for PF to ill-treat its own citizens?

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