POLICE have arrested two siblings of Kitwe’s Mine township for allegedly murdering their 46-year-old mother after a family dispute and burying her body in the Chichele forest on the Kitwe-Ndola dual carriageway.
Police spokesperson Charity Chanda confirmed yesterday that the incident happened on Saturday around 03:00 hours at house number 33.
Ms Chanda named the deceased as Ethel Ngondwe, a teacher at one of the schools in Kitwe, while the suspects have been identified as Emmanuel Katongo, 23, and Ongani Katongo, 18,
Ms Chanda said after allegedly attacking and murdering Ms Ngondwe, Emmanuel and Ongani turned on their father, Emmanuel Katongo, 47, and stabbed him with an unknown object in the neck.
“Ms Ngondwe was allegedly murdered by her two sons in Kitwe and we have arrested them to help with investigations.
“The suspects first allegedly killed their mother before stabbing their father in the neck with an unknown object and fled the scene. Fortunately, Mr Katongo survived and he is admitted to the intensive care unit at Kitwe Central Hospital,” Ms Chanda said.
She said Emmanuel and Ongani allegedly buried Ms Ngondwe’s body in Chichele forest on the Kitwe-Ndola dual carriageway.
The suspects led police to Chichere forest where the body was found.
And according to police sources, Ongani and Emmanuel had a dispute with their parents when they returned home after a drinking spree.
The sources said Emmanuel and Ongani allegedly rammed the family vehicle into a tree.
And NANCY SIAME reports that three people died while two sustained serious injuries when the vehicle they were travelling on overturned after a tyre burst on Kasama-Luwingu road.
Northern Province divisional investigations officer Kenneth Nkuwa confirmed yesterday that the accident happened on Friday around 16:30 hours at Na Monica village about 30 kilometres from Kasama.
Mr Nkuwa said the accident involved a Toyota Noah van registration number ACV 1145, which was being driven by Shepherd Bwalya, who is on the run.
He named the deceased as George Mutale, 26, of Chiambo village, Raphael Chishimba, 41, of Chisanga village and Lovenes Bwalya, 48.
Mr Nkuwa said Ms Bwalya died on Saturday afternoon at Kasama General Hospital.
Those injured are Bertha Bwalya, 17, and Augustine Musonda, 24, who are in critical condition at Kasama General Hospital.
Mr Nkuwa said Mr Bwalya gave a lift to victims who were travelling to Kasama.
Meanwhile, Kawama residents in Ndola ran riot after a vehicle careered off the road and knocked down four people, instantly killing two.
The accident happened on Saturday around 07:00 hours on Kawama Road near the clinic.
Copperbelt commissioner of police Joyce Kasosa confirmed the accident but could not give details because she was reportedly in a meeting by press time.
But impeccable police sources identified the dead as Idah Chibuye, 42, and her one-year-old granddaughter Gladys Kalunga, who was strapped on her back.
And an 18-year-old boy has committed suicide after his mother rebuked him for beating up his younger sister.
Mr Nkuwa said the incident happened on April 18 at Malanda village in Chief Munkonge’s area.
He identified the deceased as Fidelis Bwalya, a Grade Eight pupil at Mumbi Primary School.
Mr Nkuwa said Fidelis went missing on April 18 around 18:00 hours and his body was only discovered last Friday around 17:05 hours.