FORMER president Edgar Lungu’s political advisor Chris Zumani Zimba and three others have been arrested and charged for the offence of being in possession of articles for terrorism.
Terrorism is neither bondable nor bailable.
Yesterday, police picked up Dr Zimba, 43, from his farm in Chongwe and drove him to Lusaka where he was detained at Woodlands Police Station.
Zimba served as Lungu’s political advisor from December 20, 2019 to August 2021, when he sank together with everyone who was sailing on the PF boat.
Today, Zambia Police Service spokesperson Rae Hamoonga has issued a statement announcing the arrest and charge of Dr Zimba of farm number 100 in Chongwe, Given Phiri, 37, of an unknown house number in Lusaka’s Misisi compound, Marlone Banda, 36, of plot number 811 in 12 Miles area and Portipher Gwai, 44, of plot number 194/17 Mtendere compound in Lusaka, for the offence of being in possession of articles for terrorism or proliferation purposes, contrary to Section 25 of the anti- terrorism Act number 6 of 2018, as read with Section 2 of the amended anti–terrorism Act number 6 of 2023.
According to Hamoonga, it is alleged that the accused jointly, and whilst acting together with others unknown, did possess offensive articles, namely Deep 600 and Halothane and others, with intent to endanger life.
When inhaled by a human being, Halothane acts as an anaesthesia.
“The incident occurred in February, 2020 in Petauke district, in Eastern Province of the Republic of Zambia,” stated Hamoonga.
“The accused are currently detained in police custody and will appear in court soon.”
In early 2020, cases of gassing were reported in Chingola, Copperbelt Province.
In no time, the deadly act spread to almost all parts of the country, with people being gassed in homes and schools.
Gassing pushed the country to the brink of unforeseen security instability, as almost every one was thought to be a suspect of the vice.
As a way of self-defence, cases of mob killings emerged, as people unleashed fury on whoever they suspected could be behind the acts of gassing.
While authorities could not say whether there are people who died as a result of gassing itself, what is known is that more than 50 people died at the hands of infuriated mob killers, for being suspected to be behind gassing.
For instance, former Ministry of Local Government permanent secretary Timothy Hakuyu, in the Rupiah Banda administration, was killed by a mob for being suspected as a gasser in Munyumbwe area, Gwembe district in Southern Province, on February 20, 2020.
Several others died in similar, barbaric fashion and the ruling party then, the PF, set into motion its noise and somewhat convincing propaganda machinery that continuously insinuated that gassing was being promulgated by then opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema and his party lieutenants.
A well-placed police source has told Kalemba this afternoon that Dr Zimba and his accomplices masterminded gassing.
While addressing Parliament on the application of national values and principles in March 2020, Lungu was cheered when he said perpetrators of gassing will be “crushed and buried.”
In the picture, Lungu congratulates Zimba, after swearing him in at State House in December 20, 2019.
Kalemba May 30, 2023