Namwala chief awaits conclusion of probe into Vespers’ death


CHIEF Mungaila of Namwala says his people are still “eagerly waiting” for the conclusion of investigations regarding the death of university student Vespers Shimunzhila. The adult education student died at the University of Zambia in September after police fired teargas into her room following riots at the institution. She was due to complete her degree in December. Mungaila told The Mast yesterday that it was always difficult to have matters settled in good time if the government was the culprit.

“My people are still eagerly waiting for the conclusion of investigations regarding the death of one of my subjects Vespers Shimunzhila who was a student at UNZA,” he said.

Mungaila said his people were not happy that justice in the matter had taken long to prevail. He said it was the hope of people of Namwala that investigations into Vespers’ death would one day be concluded.

“For now we can’t say much about this issue. Instead we’ll keep waiting for the conclusion of investigations. These people are busy giving us false hope that something is being done but the year is ending soon without anything,” complained Mungaila.

On November 9, NAREP president Elias Chipimo asked President Edgar Lungu to deliver justice for the late Vespers Shimunzhila.

In his letter to President Lungu dated November 9, 2018, Chipimo wrote, “You can also offer your deepest and most sincere condolences and apology to Vespers’ family and to the nation for not having acted sooner and more decisively in this matter; after all, as the Bible says: ‘The end of a matter is better than its beginning” (Ecclesiastes 7:8).

“In this instance, it is not what you haven’t done that will count when people assess your leadership Mr President, but what you chose to do when you finally realised what you ought to have done in the first place. The Bible also says: ‘He then who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins (James 4:17),” stressed Chipimo.

He said that the precious young soul “may no longer be with us but it is not too late for you to do the right thing.”

“Justice for Vespers Shimunzhila. It is now more than a month since Vespers Shimunzhila’s life was so cruelly taken away by the hand of a man who may well be a father and who, as an ordinary Zambian, must surely know what it means to lose a loved one. I doubt there is any Zambian that has not experienced painful loss and bereavement, yourself included,” the letter reads in part.

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