POLICE in Lusaka have arrested Rainbow Party member Tito Kashala, 30, for allegedly pointing a gun at a police officer.
The incident happened on Sunday night after an altercation between Mr Kashala and a police officer identified as Ramgom Chinena, 40, on Bishops Road in Kabulonga.
Lusaka Province commissioner of police Charity Katanga said in an interview yesterday that Mr Kashala was arrested yesterday.
She said Mr Kashala, of Lusaka’s Chelston was driving a Toyota Altezza registration number ALZ 4099 when the incident happened.
“This Rainbow Party member, Tito Kashala, had an altercation with a police officer named Ramgom Chinena, 40, of Mtendere over the manner he [the police officer] was driving on the road and when he stopped, he brandished a gun and threatened to shoot the police officer,” Ms Katanga said.
She explained that Mr Kashala and Mr Chinena later resolved to report the matter to Kabulonga Police Post where police officers on duty explained that it is an offence to threaten to kill another person.
Ms Katanga said at this point, Mr Kashala bolted and left his vehicle.
She said Mr Kashala was yesterday summoned, detained and charged with threatening to kill a police officer.
“The gun has been confiscated for ballistic examination because police officers found empty cartridges in his vehicle.
“I wish to warn members of the public that it is a serious offence to threaten violence even if the act itself is not committed,” Ms Katanga said.
Meanwhile, Ms Katanga said a three-month-old baby was burnt to death in a house.
Ms Katanga said the incident happened in Chazanga township on Sunday around 22:00 hours after a candle that was left burning dropped on powder, which exploded and burnt the sofa where the baby was sleeping.
She said property worth K11,000 was destroyed in the inferno.