POLICE in Lusaka are investigating a case in which a University of Zambia assistant registrar was found dead in a room at Inkanga Lodge in Kafue.
And close sources have revealed that used condoms and Viagra were found in the room where Joseph Hang’andu was found dead.
Confirming the incident in an interview, Lusaka Province police commissioner Charity Katanga said Hang’andu, 64, booked a room at the lodge in Kafue on Saturday June 30, with a woman and was found dead the following morning after heart failure.
“Workers at the lodge are saying Mr. Hang’andu booked a room with a woman and they can identify this woman. They found a cell phone and other ‘suspicious things’ in the room and when they checked, the last dialled number was linked to a named female police officer from Chilanga police,” she said.
Katanga said family members of Hang’andu, who had two wives, attempted to question the female officer but that her office advised them to wait for postmortem results.
“A postmortem was conducted and it was established that he died of heart failure due to high blood pressure. The ‘things’ that were found in the room are being kept in police custody,” she said.
Katanga said an identification parade will be conducted soon to allow witnesses at the lodge to identify the woman who booked the room with Hang’andu.
“Once this is done, we will hand over the matter to the Director of Public Prosecutions to decide the way forward,” said Katanga.
Meanwhile, Lusaka lawyer Kelvin Hang’andu said police should investigate the matter conclusively to determine the real cause of his father death.
Speaking during the burial ceremony at Leopards Hill Memorial Park on Wednesday, Kelvin said there were many questions arising from his father’s “premature” death.
“We are very saddened by the circumstances of our father’s untimely death and we have many questions. You heard from the master of ceremony that the reason we delayed to come here (cemetery) was because we had to wait for the postmortem to be conducted so that in a scientific way, the cause of this tragic and untimely death can be established conclusively.
“This is a precious life lost in the sight of God and because of that, there is not only a moral duty to unearth the circumstances leading to this premature death. There is a legal duty on the part of the state and the police to do their work and bring to light what brought about my father’s death. We make those sentiments not as a request for grace, but a demand for our rights as a family,” said Kelvin.
And during burial, one of Hang’andu’s wives refused to throw soil in the grave as per tradition.
However, the two, Rachael and Jean, later laid wreaths and said, through a representative, that they would always remember their beloved husband.
The late Hang’andu was a lawyer and former district secretary for Choma and was studying for his Masters’ Degree at the African University.