SPECIAL Assistant to the President for political affairs, Kaizer Zulu, has been taken to court by the bus driver whom he assaulted when their vehicles collided in Lusaka’s Ibex Hill area while he was picking up school children.
Joe Tembo, a driver of Lyndhurst School has sued Zulu in the Lusaka High Court, demanding K3,054, 000 as damages.
Tembo wants K554,000 as special damages, and K2,500,000 as compensation for pain.
He is also seeking damages for torture, anguish and embarrassment resulting from the assault and battery caused by Zulu and interest on all sums, costs and any other reliefs that the court might deem fit.
In his statement of claim, Tembo said that on November 19, 2019, whilst he was driving a Toyota Hiace bus picking up school children in Ibex Hill, Zulu’s vehicle, a Toyota Land Cruiser, rammed into the bus he was driving before resting in a drainage on Twin Palm road.
He said on his way to the second street in Ibex Hill, he was about to turn into AVIC road and did indicate to motorists behnd him that he was about to turn and waited for an oncoming vehicle to pass.
“When the oncoming vehicle drove past the plaintiff’s bus, the plaintiff started turning into Avic Road and whilst turning, he heard a loud bang on the bus he was driving and he saw a Toyota Land Cruiser which hit the bus in the drainage along Twin Palm road,” Tembo said.
The assault victim narrated that when he got off the vehicle to check if everyone was okay, he saw Zulu, who was seated in the driver’s seat and on a phone call, and raised his thumb signaling to him that he was okay.
Tembo said that 20 minutes later, he saw two motor vehicles occupied by huge men arrive at the accident scene and Zulu came out of his vehicle.
He said Zulu asked the onlookers at the scene who the driver of the bus was and when Tembo told him that he was the driver of the school bus.
He said Zulu brandished a gun and pointed it at him and ordered his goons who arrived at the scene to beat him up on the premise that he wanted to cause his death.
Tembo said that Zulu ordered the thugs to rough him up and clobber him.
He said some military personnel arrived at the scene and questioned why he (Tembo) was being lynched but Zulu showed them their ID and they drove away.
Tembo stated that the cadres continued beating him up and Zulu kicked him on the chin and he started bleeding from his nose and mouth after which he collapsed and became unconscious and was only awaken by a doctor at University Teaching Hospital (UTH).
Tembo said Zulu warned onlookers not to help him failure to which they would be shot at.
“The plaintiff would aver at trial that he had been receiving medical treatment at UTH from the day of being inhumanly beaten by the defendant and his people to date,” Tembo stated
He further contended that he had continued to suffer severe body pains, uncontrolled headaches, and has been traumatised and lives in fear as a result of the unjustified beating and torture by Zulu.