Saturday, February 21, 2009

Cop commits suicide at Rupiah’s farm

Cop commits suicide at Rupiah’s farm
Written by Christopher Miti in Chipata
Saturday, February 21, 2009 6:45:24 AM

A police officer has committed suicide at President Rupiah Banda's farm in Chipata where he had been assigned for duties.

The officer, only identified as Constable Chanda, shot himself around 23:00 hours on Thursday.

Sources at President Banda's Chasimpha farm confirmed the incident in an interview yesterday.

One of the sources said they heard a bang around 23:00 hours and later discovered that an officer had killed himself.

And a check by The Post at President Banda's farm yesterday morning found both uniformed and plain-clothed police officers at the scene.

Eastern Province police commanding officer Mary Chikwanda could however not comment on the matter by press time as she was out of office and unreachable by mobile phone.

And police spokesperson Bonny Kapeso said he had no details on the matter as he could not get in touch with Chikwanda.

But a source within the police service said the deceased was not on duty on the fateful day.

"I am told this officer was not supposed to be on duty, I think he arranged with his colleague who was on duty that he takes over so when he took over at around 22:00 hours, a few minutes after that, he shot himself. I am told he came out of the room where he was with stockings and shot himself," the source said.

The sources further said the deceased, who did not leave any note to explain reasons behind his decision , was transferred to Eastern Province barely three weeks ago from Lusaka.



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