Ex-Information Minister, Shikapwasha, reportedly hospitalized after shooting incident


The Zambia Police Service are investigating a shooting incident involving former Information and Broadcasting Services Minister, Lieutenant General Ronnie Shikapwasha (Retired).

Police Spokesperson, Rae Hamoonga, said the incident occurred on January 14, 2024 between 17:00 and 18:00 hours at his residence in Ibex Hill.

Hamoonga in a statment issued in Lusaka on Monday said Shikapwasha was later rushed to Maina Soko Military Hospital by the Wife and Children where he is currently admitted.

He stated that Police detectives were diligently working to establish the actual facts surrounding the unfortunate incident.

“The police are treating this matter with the utmost seriousness and are committed to conducting a fair, impartial, and transparent investigation,” Hamoonga said.

He emphasized that the primary objective was to establish the sequence of events leading up to the incident and to determine the circumstances surrounding the discharge of the firearm.

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Hamoonga urged the public to cooperate fully during the investigation as detectives were actively gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and analyzing available information to ensure a comprehensive and accurate understanding of the situation.

“The Police understand the significance of this incident and the public’s interest in obtaining accurate information,” he said.

Hamoonga stated that it was however essential to allow the investigation to proceed without speculation or premature conclusions.

He indicated that the police would provide updates as the investigation progresses and would strive to maintain open communication with the public.

“The Police encourage anyone with information related to this incident to come forward and assist in the ongoing investigation,” he said.

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