A 54-YEAR-OLD man of Solwezi is nursing serious wounds at Solwezi General Hospital after he was allegedly shot by Senior Chief Musele.
Outgoing North-Western Province commissioner of police Eugene Sibote said in an interview yesterday that the incident happened at the chief’s palace and he identified the man as David Kaona of Kaponda village in Senior Chief Musele’s area.
Mr Sibote said the man was shot around 23:00 hours on Monday after he was allegedly found loitering around Chief Musele’s palace.
“We had a shooting incident in which His Royal Highness Senior Chief Musele, whose full names are Felix Muzeya Ndong’a, 51, of Musele Palace shot at one person, who is suspected to be mentally disturbed, who went to his palace at around 23:00 hours,” he said.
The victim sustained bullet wounds on the right foot, left elbow, a deep cut on the forehead and swollen lips.
He said police visited the scene and found seven empty cartridges and recovered a revolver from the chief that was used in the incident to ascertain if the firearm is licensed or not.
“The chief could not locate the papers of the firearm at the time police went to recover it but he promised that he will surrender the documents to the police once he finds them,” Mr Sibote said.
He said Mr Kaona was initially admitted to Kisasa Rural Health Centre in Musele area but has since been transferred to Solwezi General Hospital, where he is receiving treatment.
Mr Sibote described Mr Kaona’s condition as stable and said police have instituted investigations into the matter to establish the circumstances that led to the shooting.
Recently, police recovered 584 green national registration cards (NRCs) from Senior Chief Musele for his subjects, which he had been keeping since 2008.
The chief was allegedly asking his subjects to pay K50 or take him a chicken for them to get back their NRC’s.
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