Remandee dies, another escapes to death

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A 55-year-old remandee at the Nchelenge State Prison in Luapula Province has died.

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Boston Kamanga of Kabilo Village at Isokwe Island in Chief Kambwali’s area died at  Saint Paul’s Mission Hospital on Easter Monday around 09: 30 hours. 

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Luapula Province Deputy Commissioner of Police, Stephen Mayoko, confirmed the development in a telephone interview with ZANIS April 23rd and said Kamanga was in detention for violating the 2013/2014 annual fish ban.

Mr Mayoko explained that the deceased died after a long illness, adding that his body, which is lying at the Catholic Church run hospital mortuary, will be buried tomorrow by the family members.

In a related development a remandee, who disappeared from his Saint Paul’s Mission Hospital bed three days ago, has been found dead.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police for Luapula Province, Stephen Mayoko, in an interview with ZANIS identified the deceased fugitive as the 29-year-old James Mutale of no fixed abode.

Mr Mayoko explained that Mutale, who was facing defilement charges, was rushed to the hospital on Sunday after falling ill and because of his condition the medical authorities at the health facility admitted him.

He said unfortunately the deceased on Monday around 18: 00 hours escaped from the hospital after the Police Officer who was manning him went outside to fetch some food leaving him alone on account of his condition.

He disclosed that the deceased’s body which is currently lying at the Saint Paul’s Hospital morgue was discovered this morning by passersby near Kashikishi’s Christian Missionaries for Main Lands (CMML) Church by the road side.

The Luapula Deputy Police Chief ruled out any foul play and said before being incarcerated, Mutale worked at Mupundu Village in Kambwali Chiefdom.

However, he said a visit by the police drew a blank this morning as his former employee is reported to have relocated to Kabuta and has since appealed to the relatives to visit Nchelenge Police Station.

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