MIKE Mulongoti says Inspector General of Police Stella Libongani’s report on the shooting incident at The Post in September has not solved the mystery because people still want to know the shooters and their motive.
In an interview, Mulongoti said AK-47 rifles are weapons of war which should not be trivialised.
On Friday, Libongani told journalists during a briefing that the bullet that pierced through the Post Newspapers newsroom on September 30 was stray and non-lethal, commonly used in AK-47 rifles.
“The findings indicated that the damage on the rooftop was caused by a gunshot whose bullet calibre is 7.62mm commonly used in firearms such as AK-47 rifle, She-rifle or SKS rifle. From the investigations, we have therefore concluded that the bullet went through The Post newspaper office roof was a stray and non lethal one because it had a standard shape and was
not deformed,” said Libongani.
But Mulongoti said Libongani’s statement was disappointing.
“What? What sort of investigation is that?” Mulongoti asked.
“I have read her statement over and over again but I don’t understand what she is talking about when she says ‘non-lethal’. This is a bullet that pierced through the roof and therefore it could have caused harm. This statement is very disappointing.”
He said Libongani must not close investigations until the truth was discovered.
“Since when did bullets become non-lethal? That is not a good statement coming from the Inspector General of Police and this means that she has decided to close investigations which I think is not the right thing to do. When someone reports such an incident, they should be able to be given hope by the police because that bullet was not a joke. We want to know the truth because it would have killed someone. Those are weapons of war and I think she cannot close the case just like that,” said Mulongoti.
“It is not too much to ask. All we want is to know what really transpired, who pulled the trigger and what was their aim. We cannot trivialise this matter because now as Zambians, we shall not feel at peace. Bullets don’t just randomly pierce through people’s roofs.”
Last Thursday, during a press conference at State House, President Lungu ordered Libongani to reveal findings of the shooting incident at The Post.
This was after a journalist asked him if it was true that the people who fired the bullet at the newspaper were acting under his instructions.