MURDER-convict Keith Mukata has lodged a complaint to Prison authorities alleging that two inmates attempted to kill him through food poisoning.
And Mukata, through his lawyers Milner and Paul Legal Practitioners, has since demanded that a thorough investigation be conducted on the issue.
According to a letter dated July 9 addressed to Zambia Correctional Services commissioner of prisons Percy Chato marked “VERY URGENT” and copied to Minister of Justice Given Lubinda, home affairs minister Steven Kampyongo and Inspector General of police Kakoma Kanganja, Mukata’s lawyer Milner Katolo stated that he had received highly disturbing information on attempts on his client’s life which he wanted to bring to the attention of the authorities.
In March this year, Lusaka High Court judge Susan Wanjelani convicted Mukata for shooting dead a security guard Namakambwa Kalilakwenda and sentenced him to death by hanging.
Mukata has since appealed against the conviction and sentence to the Court of Appeal.
Katolo stated that Mukata was a prisoner on death row at Kabwe maximum.
He stated that between July 3 and 6, 2018, some known people attempted to kill Mukata through food poisoning while in detention.
Katolo stated that according to his client, two known people who are also inmates have even confessed to having been sent by ‘yet’ to be known individuals to poison him and they named the type of poison they were to use.
“Our client has every reason to believe that this poison was or had been smuggled in the prison with the assistance of external people who are not prisoners themselves. Our client is now living in fear, and we have instructions to demand, as we now do, for a thorough investigation to be conducted in this issue which undoubtedly, in our view, amounts to nothing but attempts to take the life of our client. His family is highly concerned at these very serious criminal issues, so are we as his attorneys,” Katolo further stated.
Katolo has further demanded to know what immediate action the prisons authority was taking in the meantime to safeguard the life of Mukata.