Court sets trial date for widow accused of murdering ex-Zambia Air Force Commander, Shikapwasha


Jane Lusenga took slow, shuffling steps, her feet barely lifting off the ground as she moved forward with determination to the dock to plead in a matter where she is accused of murdering her husband, former Zambia Air Force commander Ronald Shikapwasha.

Lusaka High Court Room One was filled to capacity, notable among them late Shikapwasha’s son, Tivo Shikapwasha, with his wife, Salma Dodia, and former First Lady Maureen Mwanawasa.

Appearing before High Court Judge Conceptor Chinyanwa Zulu on Monday, the 73-year-old Lusenga pleaded not guilty to killing Lieutenant General (retired) Shikapwasha.

Read more: How 73-year-old late Cabinet Minister’s wife, Jane, shot and killed husband —Police

Justice Zulu entered the plea of not guilty and set May 9 of this year for the commencement of the trial.

Shikapwasha, a former Zambia Army commander and Foreign Affairs Minister in the MMD government, was alleged to have been shot by his wife on January 14, 2024, between 17:00 and 18:00 hours at plot number 477 in Ibex Hill, Lusaka.

He sustained a gunshot wound on the left side of his abdomen and passed away the following day at Maina Soko Military Hospital.

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