Mazabuka man kills Kachasu drinking mate

By Staff Reporter

POLICE in Mazabuka have arrested a 32-year- old man identified as Bargner Siamayuma in connection with the murder of a drinking mate, Hartman Michelo.

In a statement, Zambia police public relations officer Esther Katongo disclosed that a member of the public reported the stubbing of Michelo (the deceased) at about 10:00 hours yesterday during a drinking spree of illicit brew locally known as Kachasu at Airstrip compound.

Katongo said it is alleged that Micheelo was drinking with Siamayuwa when the suspect asked the victim to also buy a round of the illicit brew, but Michelo did not have money to do so. This caused a misunderstanding between the two, prompting Siamayuma to produce a knife and stabbed Michelo in the neck and died instantly.

“The suspect was apprehended by irate members of the public who beat him up and nearly set him ablaze but was only rescued by police who rushed to the scene,” she said.

Katongo said that the body of the deceased has been deposited in the mortuary at Mazabuka General Hospital and the accused person is detained in police custody and will appear in court soon.

Meanwhile, police in Chinsali are looking for suspects behind the death of a 76 year- old man identified as Bernard Kanekwa of Kawama village, Chief Mpumba whose body was found in his field.

This occurred on May 20, 2019 at 15 00 hours at Kawama Village in Chief Mpumba.

The deceased was suspected to be a wizard after one of his relatives died in October, 2018 and was later beaten and chased from the village by the suspects whose names have been withheld.

The body is in Chilonga Mission Hospital mortuary in Mpika awaiting postmortem.

In another development, Police in Chinsali are looking for suspects behind the shooting of Jonas Kapinda aged 74 of Nankalamu Village of Chief Nkweto which occurred on May 19, 2019 at about 20:00 hours.

The victim sustained gunshot wounds and is admitted to Chinsali District Hospital. The motive behind the shooting is not known. Investigations have been instituted.