THE FAMILY of late Zambia Air Force flight sergeant Mark Choongwa has sued six police officers for allegedly causing his death and is demanding K300,000 as damages for loss of life.
In a statement of claim filed in the Lusaka High Court, Choongwa’s administrators, Chilala Choongwa and Esther Nundwe Choongwa, say the family wants a declaration and an order that the detention of the deceased was wholly unlawful.
The family is further demanding damages for the unlawful, disproportionate and violent use of force against Sgt Choongwa.
Those sued are Woodlands Police Station chief inspector Veronica Shawa, constable Mike Kapale, constable Mable Mwita, reserve constable Lyton Mwale, reserve constable James Ngulube and reserve constable Joseph Kasongo.
The family is also claiming damages arising from the first and third defendants’ negligent and illegal actions in perpetuating, ordering and encouraging the use of violence against Sgt Choongwa.
“The plaintiffs therefore claims funeral expenses in the sum of K50,000, loss of dependency by the family of the deceased and damages of the loss suffered by the estate of the late provided under the law reform act chapter 74 of the laws of Zambia,” stated the administrators.
Those sued are Woodlands police station chief inspector Veronica Shawa, constable Mike Kapale, constable Mable Mwita, reserve constable Lyton Mwale, reserve constable James Ngulube and reserve constable Joseph Kasongo.
The family has also joined the attorney general to the proceedings pursuant to section 12 of the state proceedings act chapter 71 of the laws of Zambia.
This development follows the decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions to commit four people accused of killing Choongwa to the High Court for trial.
Among those sued by the family are two police officers and two reserve police officers who have been charged with manslaughter.
Meanwhile, a Lusaka woman alleged to have killed her husband by running over him with a car could not take plea yesterday because the judge recused herself.
Lusaka High Court judge Bubile Lungu recused herself from handling the matter in which Jacqueline Mwiindwa is accused of murdering her husband, saying she has a relationship with the lawyer representing the accused.