SIX criminals have beaten a security guard to death at Brisket Supermarket in Chingola after breaking into the premises and stealing goods worth K10,600.
And a 15-year-old boy has died while his four teenage siblings are admitted to Mukinge Mission Hospital in Kasempa after eating nshima with cabbage suspected to have been poisoned.
Police spokesperson Charity Munganga-Chanda said in an interview yesterday that the murder of the guard happened between 23:00 hours on Thursday and 05:20 hours yesterday.
Mrs Munganga-Chanda Chanda named the deceased as Dickson Chikwanda, 60.
“The assailants used iron bars to beat up the two security guards on duty at Brisket Supermarket and Mr Chikwanda was pronounced dead upon arrival at Nchanga General Hospital,” Ms Munganga-Chandasaid.
She said the other security guard is admitted to Nchanga General Hospital.
The criminals got away with assorted goods worth K10,600.
Brisket Supermarket proprietor Bright Mapipo said in a separate interview that he was awakened around 05:00 hours by a customer who found the two security guards lying in a pool of blood at the entrance of his shop.
He said he rushed the duo to Nchanga North General Hospital where Mr Chikwanda died upon arrival
“I was awakened at 05:10 hours by a good ‘Samaritan’ woman, who usually comes to my shop to buy bread. She found my shop open with two security guards lying on the floor.
“I rushed to my shop and found the two guards battered by thieves and I had to rush them to the hospital before reporting the matter to the police. But unfortunately, Mr Chikwanda died upon arrival at the hospital,” Mr Mapipo said.
Mr Mapipo, who described the incident as inhuman, called on Government to put up a police post in Riverside residential area to curb the escalating crime rate.
He said Riverside has no police station and that thieves have taken advantage of the situation to break into people’s shops.
And Gilbert Pemba, a boy of Kakumbi village in Senior Chief Kasempa’s area, has died while four of his siblings are hospitalised after eating nshima with cabbage, BUTTYSON KANDIMBA reports.
In an interview yesterday, North-Western Province criminal investigations officer Charles Mbita said the incident happened on Thursday around 10:00 hours.
Dr Mbita identified those admitted to Mukinge Mission Hospital as Wanu Kilema, 14, Emmanuel Mulowa, 13, Danny Mabende, 17, and Miriam Mulowa, 14.
Dr Mbita said police do not suspect foul play but are yet to interview the survivors to help trace the individual who sold the cabbage to them.
“It appears the cabbage was bought when it was sprayed with agro-chemicals and the pesticide was still active at the time and so we are trying to get to the survivors to show us the person who sold them the cabbage so that we could take it to our police laboratory in Lusaka to test it for poison but for now, no foul play is suspected,” he said.
Dr Mbita, however, said police have intensified investigations into the matter.
Credit : Daily MaiL – MWILA NTAMBI