The baby suspected to have been killed in yesterday’s riot in Luanshya has been located alive and in good condition.
ZANIS in Luanshya reports that two months old Mapalo Sepetiya old whose parents were both in police custody was suspected to have suffocated by tear gas which the police used to calm the rioters in Mikomfwa.
This was when the mob run amok following the death of a Luanshya truck driver who was being put to rest yesterday.
Police investigations revealed that both parents to the said baby were in police custody and that the baby was alive.
The Truck driver Patrick Mwila was allegedly shot dead by a Congolese soldier in just after in the DR. Congo.
Mother to the baby Edess Sepetiya of house number 133 Mikomfwa, who lives 100 meters away from the riot scene, explained that the baby only fell unconscious and was revived 45 minutes later.
She explained that her house was covered in tear smoke and she was suspected to have been among the looters as her house was located in the same area.
She added that she challenged the police blocking the police van from moving when her baby collapsed as she feared her dead but that she later discovered that the baby was alive after she washed the baby’s face.
She however expressed shock to have learnt that her daughter was reported in some sections of the media as dead.
And father to the baby, Bright Sepetiya who confirmed the stable condition of the baby described the incident as unfortunate.
Meanwhile Luanshya Officer Commanding Francis Magawa urged the youth to refrain from violence and strive to safeguard their lives and the security of the nation at large.
Mr. Magawa stated that the duo has been charged with conduct likely to cause the breach of peace, contrary to section 178 cap 87 of the laws of Zambia and will appear in court soon.
He however said the mother to the baby will be released and only appear in court as the baby was too small to stay without the mother’s attention.