POLICE in Ndola have arrested a 75-year-old man for allegedly beating his 69-year-old wife to death after she returned home drunk.
The incident happened around 20:00 hours on Friday at plot number 148 in Ndola’s Kaniki.
Copperbelt commissioner of police Joyce Kasosa said in Ndola yesterday that the suspect is Edward Kunda, who allegedly killed Prosperina Mukosha.
“The woman had gone drinking in the morning and when she returned home around 20:00 hours, she was challenged by her husband and they started quarrelling, which led to a fight,” she said.
Kunda allegedly used a stick to beat Mukosha, who sustained a deep cut on the right eye from which she bleed profusely.
“She was rushed to the hospital where she was treated and discharged,” Ms Kasosa said.
Mukosha died around 04:00 hours at home.
Kunda has been detained in police custody and charged with murder.
And police in Kitwe have warned and cautioned Mindolo ward councillor Faustino Mwape over his alleged involvement in the illegal allocation of land in Mindolo North township.
Kitwe City Council (KCC), in conjunction with the Zambia Police a fortnight ago, demolished about 600 houses built on illegally acquired land in Mindolo North.
In a telephone interview with the Daily Mail yesterday, Mr Mwape confirmed that he had been warned and cautioned by police.
“Yes, I was warned and cautioned. They told me that they are just waiting for other reports from people and they can arrest me anytime,” Mr Mwape said.
He said his warn-and-caution was based on allegations that people have been making against him concerning the illegal allocation of plots in Mindolo North.
Mr Mwape denied being involved in the allocation of plots in Mindolo North and said that people began settling in the area in question as far back as 2005.
“That is how life is. It is not fair. I am not involved in this. Anyway, we are just waiting for people with facts to come forward and present them to the police,” he said.
Last week, Minister of Local Government and Housing Emmanuel Chenda toured the site where people had allocated themselves plots illegally and instructed the police to deal firmly with the perpetrators of the scourge regardless of their status in society.
Meanwhile, Deputy Inspector General of Police Solomon Jere has warned that the Police Service will deal firmly with lawbreakers regardless of their political affiliation.
Dr Jere told journalists when paying a courtesy call on Kitwe mayor Kelvin Sinyangwe on Saturday that the police are more alert to acts of illegality now than ever.
He warned politicians against fanning confusion through land disputes.
Dr Jere commended police officers who helped in the demolition of illegal houses in Mindolo.
“They did an excellent and professional job because there was no loss of life,” Dr Jere said.
“What they did is what we call the police method of enforcement. Of course, a number of people here and there complained but that is how we do it. We make lawbreakers obey the law.”
Dr Jere hopes people have learnt lessons from the Mindolo operation and that they will learn to obey the law.
He said Zambia would continue being a haven of peace and urged politicians and citizens in general to encourage peaceful co-existence instead of fanning trouble.
Dr Jere said crime levels in Zambia are dropping.