The Post Newspapers Zambia
By Masuzyo Chakwe on Sunday 16 June 2013, 14:01:00 CAT (2716 Reads)
A vehicle leaves Kampasa after police officers picked up the bodies of two people that were shot dead by ZNS personnel during an operation to remove squatters from the area yesterday - Picture by Salim Dawood
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Chief government spokesperson Kennedy Sakeni stated yesterday that the government regretted the loss of life and sent sympathies to the bereaved families.
Sakeni appealed to the people of Kampasa to remain calm.
"Government wishes to confirm that on June 14, 2013, there was a shooting incident that occurred at Zambia National Service (ZNS) Airport Farms where two lives were lost and one injured. The nation may wish to know that the problem at ZNS Airport Farms has been a long standing issue since the year 2010. Some of the Kampasa community settled on ZNS land had further encroached and resisted vacation," he stated. "It is regrettable that this incident happened in that manner when government, through the Ministry of Defence has facilitated the allocation of 50 hectares from ZNS land in liaison with Chongwe District Council for the benefit of the squatters."
He stated that unfortunately, some unscrupulous and selfish individuals had further encroached, taken advantage of and started selling some of the land.
ZNS personnel on Friday shot dead two residents of Kampasa area and seriously injured a third in a fracas over the defence wing's land which the residents had occupied. The officers also demolished the residents' houses, including a church and the local Patriotic Front office.
A check by The Post on Friday found the bodies of Clement Muloongo and Phumulo Lungwangwa in pools of blood at the scene, before the police took them to the University Teaching Hospital.
Sources said that ZNS officers were camped in the area last Thursday night to remove the people squatting on the defence wing's land.