Dear President Lungu
As family of late Ruth Mbandu, we are still mourning her untimely death due to cruelty. She was only 19 years when she died without any meaningful explanation from authorities. At a time when there was headway, we were informed that one of the government official, at the time of late Michael Sata’s administration, was involved in the cruel murder of our daughter.
But soon after the revelations were made public by a Mr. Solomon Jere who was then under the Police Service, there was no revelation as to who the said government official was. In no time, Solomon Jere was hastily and suspiciously sent into Foreign Service without giving him chance to finish what he started in the case of the death of our daughter. We are now offering this background because we want to conceptualize the intention of this open letter.
We have heard all sorts of insinuation and accusations pointing to Miles Sampa as having a hand in the death of Ruth. We don’t know whether this is true or not but we ask you Mr. President to facilitate the release of the report that Mr. Solomon Jere made regarding the said government official who was involved into the killing of Ruth.
Yes, the case may have been closed in court but our memories on Ruth’s death will never be closed. We still mourn and still ask questions because despite the number of years that have passed, we still fail to move on with a fact that Ruth is gone.
Clearly, the death of Ruth was ritual and sad. Her face was peeled off and her eyes were taken off. From our own observation, Ruth was murdered by someone for some purpose. We are also aware that she was raped at the time of her death, although this fact has not been publicized. We are also aware that she was pregnant at the time of her death.
All these are details that have never been offered to us openly but given to the family through sources at the police. Now that the case is long closed, we would want you our humble leader to help with release of the investigation report which Solomon Jere announced pointing to someone in government.
As you go round to market your candidate in the coming Lusaka Mayoral elections, please do remember that our family is at pains seeing that you are busy propping up an individual whose name is embedded into the controversy of the death of our daughter.
We hope our letter will receive considerable response.