POLICE spokesperson Charity Munganga-Chanda says Lusaka lawyer Colonel Paul Banda, who allegedly shot and killed his wife last week, is under arrest.
Col Banda allegedly shot dead Vivian, his wife of 35 years, after a marital dispute last Tuesday, and was severely beaten by his son Paul Jr after the incident, leaving him hospitalised.
In an interview yesterday, Chanda said the fact that Col Banda was handcuffed to his hospital bed and under guard meant that he was already in police custody.
“The case is already on, actually. There is a docket already. The fact that he is not well…every suspect is entitled to medical attention. So right now, he is receiving medical attention. The fact that he is handcuffed and on guard means that he is already in our custody,” said Chanda. “But then, we cannot get him from the hospital because he is still receiving medical treatment. There is nothing like when he gets out of hospital [then] we will arrest him. He is already with us, except that he is not well.”
While some family members and church leaders believe the shooting was an accident, Paul Jr says he is ready to go to jail over his mother’s death and would not forgive his father for what “he has done”.
Vivian was buried on Friday despite protests from Paul Jr, who even stayed away from viewing his mother’s body.