Kalabo man on the run after poisoning six people

By Staff Reporter

Police in Western Province have launched a manhunt for a daily classified employee at Nyingo Rural Health Center in Katoya Village of Kalabo District in connection with the poisoning of six people, three of whom died while others are still hospitalized.

Police Public Relation Officer Esther Katongo said in a statement that Nyambe Lienda was reported to have administered a drug to the six females on September 8, 2018 at about 14 00 hours on pretext that the drug was able to cure all ailments after which three identified as Nosiku Biemba, Namushi Nyambe and Sibeso Biemba died the same day while three others Liyoyelo Nyambe (51), Namakau Nyambe (66) and Manawa Kalumbu (52) are still hospitalized at Kalabo District Hospital.

She said the drug administered on the victims had not yet been ascertained.

“The suspect is on the run and a manhunt has been launched. We appeal to those who could have information on the whereabouts of the suspect to report to any nearest police,” said Katongo

And Katongo also said police in Western Province over the weekend recovered three AK 47 rifles from three suspected assassins commonly known as Karavinas believed to be behind murders involving people suspected of practicing witchcraft in the area.

“The suspects were apprehended after Police had an operation following a tip off from members of the public. They are currently detained in police custody and the operation has continued,” she said

Katongo added that being in possession of illegal firearms is an offence hence we appeal to all those in possession of illegal firearms to take advantage of the firearm amnesty and surrender them before they are arrested and prosecuted.