THE 25-year-old police officer who was arrested and charged with two counts of murder of State prosecutor Nsama Nsama Chipyoka and Joseph Kaunda has appeared before the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court.

Constable Fanwell Nyundu, a police officer of Matero Police Camp, only appeared before the Court for explanation of the charge awaiting committal to the High Court as murder charges are tried in the High Court.

In this matter, Nyundu is facing two counts of murder.

In count one, it is alleged that on December 23, 2020, Nyundu murdered Nsama Nsama Chipyoka.

In count two, it is alleged that Nyundu, on the same date, also murdered Joseph Kaunda.

The accused person appeared before Magistrate Felix Kaoma, Friday, for explanation of the charges.

After the charges were read to him, Nyundu said he understood them.

At this point, Magistrate Kaoma informed Nyundu that the offences he was charged with were only tried by the High Court.

He further told him that he would continue to appear before him awaiting committal to the High Court for trial if the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions issues instructions.

The matter will come up on March 2, this year, for mention, as Nyundu remains in remand.

On Wednesday, police announced Nyundu’s arrest.

In a statement, police spokesperson Esther Mwaata-Katongo disclosed that the suspect was currently in police custody and yet to appear in court.

“Police in Lusaka have charged and arrested Constable Fanwell Nyundu, aged 25, a police officer with two counts of murder which occurred on 23rd December, 2020, between 10.00 hours and 13.00 hours in which a prosecutor of National Prosecutions Authority, Nsama Nsama Chipyoka and also Joseph Kaunda, were shot at and died. The suspect is in police custody and yet to appear in court,” said Katongo in the statement.