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Vespers’ mother weeps as inquest is adjourned

THE mother of late UNZA student Vespers Shimunzhila, Flare, sobbed uncontrollably as she requested that the coroner’s court speedily hears the inquest which was opened to ascertain her daughter’s death.

This followed the coroner’s decision to adjourn the matter to today to enable a doctor from Levy Mwanawasa Hospital, a ballistic expert, a fire brigade investigator, and the scenes of crime officer to testify before two witnesses that were scheduled to testify yesterday.

When the matter came up for hearing before coroner Sylvia Munyinya, the State told the court that they were ready to proceed with two witnesses.

Coroner Munyinya however directed the state to allow expert witnesses to testify before other state witnesses that were expected to testify.

However, Vespers’ mother was not pleased with the adjournment and began to weep outside the courtroom, insisting that her daughter’s death should be speedily ascertained.

She lamented that Vespers’ killers were going scot-free and that she is spending a lot of money on transport as she has to travel from Namwala to attend the court sessions to Lusaka.

“The person who was killed is my child. Those who killed her are walking freely. They killed a child who was in school. Let me weep, why are we suffering? We came all the way from Namwala only to be told that the case has been adjourned,” she said.

Vespers, a fourth year student at the University of Zambia, suffocated to death last October when police fired teargas canisters into her room during a riot. The students were protesting over delayed meal allowances by the government.

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