Police give more details on Jay Banda’s discovery


AMIDST speculations and confusion all coming from the sudden two days disappearance and reappearance of Petauke member of parliament Emmanuel Jay Jay Banda, police have disclosed more information surrounding his discovery.

According to a statement issued by police spokesperson, Rae Hamoonga, officers through Kafue Police Station received a report from a member of the public who had discovered someone claiming to be the missing Emmanuel Banda.

The reporter said Banda was found at Kasanga Family Farm, located off the gravel road leading to Kafue Boys Secondary School.

And acting on the report, officers promptly rushed to the described residence, and upon arriving there, police were joined by the victim’s family members who arrived there in three different vehicles at the same time.

Banda, was found lying on the kitchen doorstep of the farm house by the family, able to speak but complaining of general body pains.

He narrated that he was dumped by unknown persons a few meters from the farm.

Hamoonga said bruises were also observed on MP’s back.

The police, along with family members, then promptly transported Banda to Kafue General Hospital for initial medical care.

However, Banda’s relatives stirred up a storm after they suggested that Banda be taken to Medlands Hospital contrary to the police’s suggestion of going to Maina Soko Medical Centre to ensure comprehensive medical evaluation under secure conditions.

Hamoonga explained that police later arranged for an ambulance to transport Banda to Maina Soko Medical Centre for proper medical treatment under a secure environment and for further investigations.

“ Despite the presence of an ambulance, the relatives remained uncooperative. Police officers trailed the vehicle to Medlands Hospital and again attempted to engage in dialogue with the relatives, who remained adamant,” said Hamoonga.

After the quarrels and arguments between the police and relatives which even circulated on social media, the police finally used all legal means to ensure Banda’s transfer to Maina Soko Medical Centre, where he is now receiving treatment.

“The Zambia Police Service has intensified investigations into this matter. We urge the public to remain calm and refrain from speculating or spreading unverified information. We are committed to uncovering the truth behind this incident and ensuring that all those responsible are held accountable,” assured Hamoonga.

Hamoonga added that more updates on the matter will be provided investigations progress. “We appreciate the cooperation and support of the public in this ongoing investigation.”

By Buumba Mwitumwa

Kalemba May 27, 2024


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