Estates of slain Kampasa duo sue state for K200m

The families of the two slain Kampasa residents who fell in cold blood to Zambia National Service guns in a raid that left one gravely, some injured, and countless others homeless have sued the government and are demanding reparation amounting up to K400 million plus legal costs.
Pumulo Lungwangwa and Clement Mulonga were shot dead on the morning of June 14  by Zambia National Service officers after their homes were raided during an eviction process that the family contends is unlawful.
The family administrators of Pumulo Lungwangwa, Sepiso Lungwangwa, Clement Mulonga, and Boston Chisamu have sued the Attorney General as the first defendant and the Zambia National Service as the second defendant.
The two families in their statement of claim are demanding that they be paid K200 million each for the slaying of their relatives.
The two families in their statements of claim have said that Lungwwngwa and Mulonga were killed during the time the Zambia National Service raided their homes in an attempt to forcibly evict them from the land they had occupied for the last 40 years.
The families in their statement of claim said the residents of Chigamuti River Community Settlement had been living in the area for the last four decades and that it was unlawful for ZNS to have conducted an eviction raid that resulted into the death of the two residents.
The families through their lawyer Mushipe and Associates are claiming that there was negligence on the part of the ZNS officers by failing to keep proper look-out before firing at the now deceased.
They said the servicemen carried out the demolition of the residents’ houses purporting that the inhabitants were allegedly occupying the same land illegally.
The families are claiming damages for the bereavement of the deceased on behalf of the dependants as well as the loss of personal property as a result of the demolition of the houses.
They said in their statement of claim that there had been loss of use of profit-earning chattel due to the wrongful damage of the property because of the unlawful eviction.
“Particulars of the special damages include loss of income, damages to clothing, damages for pain and suffering and monies spent on maintaining the deceased widows and the children from the date of death of the accused. The deceased being the breadwinner of his family was responsible for the maintenance of the family,” read part of the statement of claim.
The families explained in their statement of claim that the late Lungwangwa and Mulonga were killed and thereby lost the normal expectation of life and their estate and that of their dependants had suffered pain and injury.