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Thursday, 28 March, 2002, 14:54 GMT
Zambian MPs demand air crash report
The dead are commemorated, but it is not clear why they died
Those who died in 1993 are buried at Heroes' Acre
The report explaining what caused the 1993 air crash which killed 30 people, including 18 members of Zambia's national team, is still not ready.

Zambia's vice-president Enoch Kavindele has told parliament that the government is not yet ready to make the report public.

Kavindele's remarks came after an opposition MP, Sakwiba Sikota, demanded to know what was going on.

We want to know why the government has continued to torture these people
Sakwiba Sikota MP
"We are about to hold the 9th anniversary, but the nation is still waiting to hear that report," Sikota told the house.

"What is it that government is hiding?"

The disaster happened as the team were on their way to Senegal for a World Cup qualifier.

Delays in Gabon

The military plane they were in exploded in mid-air and crashed into the sea off Gabon, killing all 30 people on board.

Sikota said the wait was an unacceptable burden on the victims' families.

"We want to know why the government has continued to torture these people by hiding the report."

"As long as the Gabon report is not given to us, then there's no transparency in government," added Sikota, who is also a lawyer acting for the victims' families.

Vice-president Kavindele admitted people were yearning to have an explanation, but claimed the delay was being caused by the Gabonese, who had yet to complete their part of the investigation.

"Yes, the Gabon issue needs a substantial answer, but the report is incomplete," he said.

He did not say when it would be ready.

See also:

29 Nov 01 |  Africa
Zambia's fall from glory
28 Mar 02 |  Africa
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