By Chongo Chisha
DOCTORS at the University Teaching Hospital have told us that Peter Masani who was shot by assistant police commissioner Bothwell Namuswa will have to live with the bullet in his body, says UPND secretary general Stephen Katuka.
And Katuka says a named police officer at Kabwata Police Station has been privately calling some cadres to help with investigations into the shooting.
Last month, Namuswa fired at UPND cadres who had gone to the Lusaka High Court to offer solidarity to their party leader Hakainde Hichilema, who was appearing in his right to be heard case.
The bullet landed on Masani’s buttock, leaving him hospitalised for days before he was discharged.
Three days ago, Masani was readmitted and discharged, and doctors have advised that there was nothing they could do to remove the bullet as the only solution was to remove its poison.
In an interview, Katuka said doctors attending to Masani had given his party a prescription for expensive medication required to neutralise the bullet poison, which was causing Masani pain.
“He was re-admitted two days ago because he was going through some serious pain though he was later discharged because of the people who have been calling him and threatening him. The doctors are saying there is no need to operate on him. We were made to buy very, very expensive drugs of which the first dose was costing K10, 500, then K7,000 as second dose and then the third dose was K3,500, just to take out the poison,” Katuka said.
“They are saying it may not be necessary to operate on him; he can live with the bullet like that. They are saying a lot of people do live with bullets in their bodies for many, many years without any problem.”
And Katuka said a Kabwata police officer had been privately calling UPND cadres, asking them to report to the station to help with investigations into the shooting.
“A police officer by the name of Kamwendo has been calling our members telling them that they need to go and open a docket against the guy (Masani) who was shot at instead of the police deputy commissioner Namuswa who shot at the crowd. What has happened is that Namuswa is suing to try and cover up his behaviour. He is alleging that he was defending himself [when he fired at the cadres]. Now police officers at Kabwata are calling our members, those who were on Masani’s bedside. We don’t even know how or where he got their numbers. Kamwendo has been calling them telling them that they have to go and give evidence at the Kabwata police,” said Katuka.
“So that information reached me and it reached our offices and we decided to call Kamwendo to clarify on what sort of evidence he wanted our supporters to avail him, but he cut the line the moment he pretended to try to explain the matter.”