Steven Lungu, alias Captain Solo, has died
Convicted mastermind of the October 28, 1997 failed coup Steven Lungu, alias Captain Solo, has died. Lungu 50 died at the Kanyama Clinic around 11: 00 hours after a long battle with TB. he is survived by three children. Pastor Kwacha Nvula of Hope in Christ church confirmed Capt Solo’s death to Africafrique Magazine .
“Captain Solo died around 11:00 hours after being rushed to the clinic in the morning. His body is laying at University Teaching Hospital,” he said.
The funeral is being held at plot 116/99 in Kanyama. Burial arrangements will be announced later.
In 1997, Capt Solo together with the late Captain Chiti attempted to overthrow the then second Republican President Dr. Fredrick Chiluba from Power. Capt Solo sentenced to death.
However, late president Levy Mwanawasa Commuted Capt Solo’s sentence to 20 Years while other officers who were coerced by their superiors were handed 10 year sentences.
Of The 54 people convicted, four died in custody and Zambia’s Supreme Court acquitted 10 others.
He was released in 2010 on humanitarian grounds by former president Rupiah Banda.
Capt Solo’s health has been deteriorating since his release from prison leading to his death.