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Factional PF leader, Sampa, drags lawmaker, Munir, to court over murder allegations


Embattled factional PF president, Miles Sampa, has dragged Lumezi Independent Member of Parliament, Munir Zulu, to court for accusing him of the gruesome murder of NIPA student, Ruth Mbandu, a decade ago.

Sampa filed an application for Zulu to be joined to the on-going proceedings in a matter he sued PF member, Maxwell Chongu of defamation of character for also alleging that he killed Mbandu.

He complained that the statements made by Chongu, who he described as a cadre linking him to the gruesome murder of the 19-year-old student had his reputation seriously injured and his prospects of becoming Republican President blurred.

He now wants Zulu to be joined to the matter as a second defendant following his post on Facebook linking him to the murder.

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Zulu’ s post read: “Ba Sampa good morning? The boys you sent to pose for pics in Lumezi at a boarding school poster have made a video but equally educate them that I am not like you who does not know who their father is ? Educate them that I am not your fellow junkie, educate them that I have never been a suspected Ruth Mbandu killer by citizens at any given moment! Educate them that I have never sold property to survive like you.

“Educate them that Lumezi does not practice homosexuality like you do and pretend to be married ! Educate them that they should not wait for me to be outside Zambian jurisdiction for them to make videos! Educate them that junkies have no space in the modern Lumezi. Finally tell them to limit their opinion to your fellow junkies where you are suspected killers of women and develop memory lapses as a result of not sleeping comfortably as you are …”

Sampa submitted to Court to avoid multiplicity of matters and in the interest of justice, the Lumezi legislator be joined to the proceedings.

Sampa has demanded damages for defamation, a retraction and an apology from Chongu.

Mbandu was killed in July, 2012, by unknown people with her facial skin and eyes removed.

The two suspects in the case were acquitted by the Lusaka High Court in 2017 due to lack of sufficient evidence.

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